Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: August 16, 2010

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Dr. Tim Says....

I hear a lot of patients say things about eating healthy and losing weight that are simply not true. For the next few weeks I am going to share some of these myths with you and the truth behind them.

Myth: Skipping a meal is a good way to diet and lose weight.

Truth: The research shows that if you skip meals you are more likely to be overweight. This appears to be especially true for those who skip breakfast.

With skipped meals there is a slowing of your body's metabolism. The theory is that this is to preserve the stored calories through slowing the need for them. There is also good evidence that if you skip a meal you are likely to eat more at the next one, or worse, to snack (usually on whatever is handy). Weight Loss Myths, Part 1

Featured Recipe

Here in the United States we're going through quite a heat wave. Recently we received a request from a young lady who was sweltering in her New York City apartment asking for recipes that didn't require turning on her oven. The great thing about seviche is that the acid in the marinade reacts with the proteins in the seafood, changing the molecular structure in much the same way as heat does. It will work with any meat, but using delicate foods like seafood or chicken works better.

Chipotle Seviche | Low Sodium Version

This is a variation of my other Seviche recipe to show how many different flavors can go into this simple, healthy and lovely dish. It can be sweet or spicy and you can use any fish that you like. Don't limit yourself to shrimp and scallops – use calamari, mussels or a firm white fish like grouper. Corn works great as a garnish in place of red onions or tomatoes.

SevicheI usually cut the fish into smaller pieces – about a half an inch at the largest – and they should be nearly uniform in size so that they "cook" at the same rate.

Because of the acids used in seviche it is best to use a non-reactive container to mix and store this recipe. Glass or stainless steel are best. I avoid using ceramic because older glazed pottery can contain lead.

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