Dr. Gourmet's Health & Nutrition Bites

When questionable research still proves something

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

My Health & Nutrition Bites are intended to share with you current, relevant health and nutrition research, explaining why it's important and how you can apply the results to your life. I look for randomized, controlled trials or large prospective studies and I almost never report on research in animals.

On a few occasions I've reported on lower quality research, especially when that research has generated some media interest. I want you to know what to look for so you can better evaluate the research for yourself.

On the other hand, sometimes that poor-quality research does prove something - just not what the authors thought they were proving.

In the September issue of the British Journal of Nutrition a team of Australian researchers published an article entitled "Effects of Mediterranean diet supplemented with lean pork on blood pressure and markers of cardiovascular risk: findings from the MedPork trial". Pork in a Mediterranean Diet »

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Zucchini SoupCoumadin (warfarin) Diet

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a person pouring salt from a salt shakerLow Sodium Diet

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Glass of MilkLactose Intolerance Diet

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FishDiabetes Diet

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

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

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The How and Why of Eating Healthy

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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


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Featured Recipes

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a terrific vehicle for many great flavors. Today's new recipe is a riff on Cacio y Pepe (linguine with pepper) and is a great example. So easy to toss together, and as a base for a piece of fish or grilled chicken it makes a simple yet elegant meal.

Pasta alla Norma

I first saw the recipe for this dish and was a bit skeptical. The first version of the recipe that I read was intriguing because I love eggplant and am always looking for something new. Most of the recipes call for canned tomatoes, and the instructions create an essentially basic tomato sauce with the addition of the eggplant and cheese. Some roast the eggplant and others don't (with the latter I would think that the eggplant would just end up too mushy).

I decided to roast the eggplant, so roasting fresh tomatoes was a natural fit. I love using grape or cherry tomatoes. The smaller tomatoes are full of tomatoey flavor: almost but not quite like a fresh, homegrown summer season tomato. I will often roast a few with some shallots and capers to put on top of otherwise plain grilled fish.