Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: May 31, 2010

Dr. Tim Says...

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.There is mounting evidence that many of us are increasingly deficient in Vitamin D. While there is some controversy about the health impact of this it seems that changes in our diet in the last few years towards fewer foods rich in Vitamin D has led to a much lower intake. Likewise, with the recommendations on avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen while in the sun to prevent skin cancer we end up with less available Vitamin D (contact with the sun activates our own bodies manufacture of Vitamin D).

The longstanding recommendations of 200 to 400 International Units (IU) may not be adequate according to some research. There is not consensus, however, on whether Vitamin D supplements are as effective as natural sources. Vitamin D in Food

Featured Recipes

Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted PotatoesRosemary and potatoes are just made for each other. This is a quick and easy fresh recipe. If you're really in a hurry, place the potatoes in the microwave for 1 minute on high. Turn them and then microwave on high for a second minute. Remove and let cool for a minute or so. Cut into chunks and then proceed with the third step, putting the potatoes in the roasting pan with the other ingredients.

Sauteed Spinach with Roasted Garlic

Roasted GarlicGarlic and spinach are just made for each other. Make sure that you use a very large pan for this recipe so that the water in the spinach will evaporate while you are cooking.

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