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This indispensable book includes:

• A primer on WHAT a Mediterranean-style diet is and WHY it's great for you
• 95+ delicious Coumadin safe recipes
• Information about managing your diet on Coumadin
• Ingredient and cooking tips throughout the book
• Complete Nutrition Facts, including Vitamin K content, for each recipe

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Note: This is a revised and updated version of Dr. Harlan's The Dr. Gourmet Diet for Coumadin Users. These are the same recipes with updated Nutrition Information, with the addition of information on a Mediterranean-style diet.

How Much Vitamin K is in...?

Find out the exact amount of Vitamin K (in micrograms) of almost a thousand common foods! Listed both alphabetically and then in order of the amount of Vitamin K in the food, this list will help you know exactly how much Vitamin K you're eating. Just $4.95 for the eBook (PDF) or $12.95 for the paperback. Get your copy now!

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Ask Dr. Gourmet

Why would Coumadin (warfarin) safe recipes contain vegetables that are high in Vitamin K?

My wife is on Coumadin® (warfarin) for life. She loves broccoli and cauliflower, but from the endless lists one can get on the Internet, broccoli and cauliflower appear to be a no-no for those on warfarin due to their high levels of Vitamin K. Yet they appear in quite a few of your recipes. Can you explain, please?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Cauliflower is considered to be high in Vitamin K

Because it is clear that eating Vitamin K is important to users of Coumadin® (warfarin), I don't try to eliminate it from the diet completely. (See my column, "The Right Dose of Vitamin K.")

For main course meal recipes, I consider those that are under 30-35 micrograms of Vitamin K to be safe. This is a moderate amount of Vitamin K. For side dishes, anything under 15 mcg is a good guideline. There are some recipes that will use broccoli, cauliflower, or other ingredients that are higher in Vitamin K, such as asparagus.

The ingredients are not used in large amounts, and the other ingredients in the recipes are generally low in Vitamin K, so the total number of micrograms of Vitamin K in the dish is not too high to eat and enjoy.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS
Dr. Gourmet

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