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Hidden Valley Ranch and Highly Processed Food

Hidden Valley Ranch. (HVR.)

Three words that are a staple of American cupboards because the folks at Hidden Valley Ranch were the originators of Ranch Dressing. The history is pretty well known to foodies: Steve Henson and his wife offered the dressing at their dude ranch in Santa Barbara, the Hidden Valley Ranch. They sold packets of the dressing mix to customers in the area and in the early 1970s they sold their company, the manufacturing facility they had set up, and the dressing, to Clorox (the ranch itself was sold prior to the sale of the dressing company).

Clorox? Weird but true.

The rest is history, and Clorox through the years reformulated the dressing mix and the bottled dressing. Read the article »

Learn to Eat for My Condition

Glass of MilkLactose Intolerance

It's not unusual to have difficulty digesting lactose and needing to avoid foods containing cheese or milk. This index will help guide you to Dr. Gourmet recipes you'll safely enjoy. Lactose Intolerant Recipe Guide and More Information

Shrimp ScampiGERD / Acid Reflux / Heartburn

This five-step online guide to reducing the burn comes with easy tummy tips and delicious recipes to help you manage your reflux. Get the book! The Mediterranean Diet Score Cookbook for People with GERD/Acid Reflux: paperback: $19.95 + s/h | PDF: $14.95

Zucchini SoupCoumadin (warfarin)

This guide will help you manage your Vitamin K intake while still eating great food. Lists of foods that are high (and low) in Vitamin K, Coumadin-safe recipes and more! Get the book! The Mediterranean Diet Score Cookbook for Coumadin Users paperback: $19.95 + s/h | PDF: $14.95

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Following a diet that's low in sodium (salt) doesn't have to be bland or boring! With these healthy, low sodium recipes from Dr. Gourmet, you'll be eating well and eating healthy without needing to reach for the salt shaker. Get the book! The Dr. Gourmet Low Sodium Diet: paperback: $19.95 + s/h | PDF: $14.95


What is the best diet for those with diabetes? A Mediterranean Diet! For diabetics, eating well is THE key to controlling blood sugar. For those with Type 2 diabetes, The Mediterranean Diet seems to help you control your diabetes better, without medication. The Best Diabetes Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

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What is a Mediterranean Diet? Find out how familiar foods are part of this healthy style of eating.

Ask Dr. Gourmet

Have a question about food or nutrition? Dr. Harlan answers your questions. Ask Dr. Gourmet.

Fast Food Guide

Burger and Fries

What are the healthiest choices at fast food restaurants? We've compiled a list: Fast Food Guide

How to Eat Healthy

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It's easier than you think to eat well and eat healthy. Find out how to make eating healthy part of your life.

Healthy Recipes

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Delicious, healthy recipes that taste great? Yes! Try an easy, healthy recipe from Dr. Gourmet today.


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Learn how to make the most out of your exercise with easy-to-follow exercise videos and training plans.


News You Can Use

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Get the facts - based on peer-reviewed research - on health and nutrition. We report on the latest nutrition news and tell you how you can use it in your daily life. Health and Nutrition Bites.


The How and Why of Eating Healthy

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Simple, straightforward articles on eating healthy in the real world. The How and Why of Eating Healthy.

A Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnant or planning to be? Diet tips, do's and don'ts for your pregnancy. A Healthy Pregnancy


Featured Recipes

Chicken and Veggie Lettuce Cups

This is a really fun recipe to make especially for serving with kids. The stuffed lettuce cups with the veggies and chicken are full of great flavor and this is a great snack but can be a great meal also.

Shrimp with Chili Lime Butter

Shrimp with Chili Lime Butter

Shrimp dishes are great because they are just so darn quick. The hardest part of making dinner is deciding what to go with your shrimp.

This recipe is a great example and is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. It is super simple to mix up some yummy butter, put a bit of olive oil in a pan, sauté your shrimp and add the butter to make a great sauce.

Mexican Rice

This is a perfect recipe for those who think that they don't like brown rice. Cooking the rice a little bit longer will soften the brown rice, and adding the spices only enhances the nutty flavor. It's perfect for your family - they may never know that it's brown rice.

Garbanzo and Feta Salad

Because they pack so many great nutrients with great quality protein and carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, legumes make a fantastic base for salads. Add great quality veggies, a bit of cheese, and olive oil and you have a perfect combination that can almost make a complete meal.