Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: April 19, 2010

Dr. Tim Says....

Glass of SodaIt is estimated that nearly 7% of daily caloric consumption in the United States is from high fructose corn syrup. This estimate has been labeled as conservative, with other studies indicating that over 10% of daily calories come from fructose in the U.S. today. That's a whole lot of calories! The research over the last five years has been mixed on whether HFCS has contributed to folks being overweight or obese. I don't find any definitive studies that prove that it does, but there's enough evidence to be concerning.

Most of the research that "proves" that high fructose corn syrup is not an issue has been funded by the manufacturers. There's no doubt in my mind that funding can lead to bias, and any study not funded by a neutral party should be suspect. More on High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Featured Recipe

Cowboy Steak with Cowboy Pinto Beans

Steak on the grillThis Cowboy Steak recipe is about as quick and easy as it gets. It is the perfect cookout recipe for the grill, but it's best to marinate the beef in the sauce for at least a few hours first.

The key to the Cowboy Pinto Beans is to cook the beans fast for about ten minutes on medium-high heat. Stir them often in that first ten minutes and then reduce the heat to very low and simmer, covered. Stir them only occasionally. The stirring will break up a few beans and help thicken the sauce.

Weight, Lean Body Mass and Exercise
Exercise with Jacques Courseault

Jacques CourseaultYou have finally made a commitment to regularly exercise, build up strength and tone your muscles. You step on the scale a few weeks later to find that you have not lost or maybe even gained weight! You figure that something is wrong with the scale, because your pants are too big and you look and feel thinner. Chances are that your scale works just fine. The truth is that combining healthy nutrition with proper exercises has caused you to gain weight in the form of lean body mass (LBM), or fat free mass. Weight, Lean Body Mass and Exercise

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