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• A primer on WHAT a Mediterranean-style diet is and WHY it's great for you
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• 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.

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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

How can I cook low sodium meals for someone on Coumadin (warfarin)?

Is there a diet plan for a person that needs both low sodium and is on Coumadin? I am finding it very hard to cook for my husband with these restrictions. He has a water retention problem that is quite severe and everything seems to have sodium in it.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

The Dr. Gourmet web site provides a number of resources for you to help your husband eat healthy and watch the amounts of Vitamin K that you are feeding him.

While most recipes on the Dr. Gourmet web site are low in sodium, for those on very low-sodium diets every recipe has a listing in the Special Diet Information section to help you determine if a recipe might be safe for his low-sodium diet. If it is not, there are two alternatives. You can substitute a low-sodium recipe by checking our list of low-sodium recipes, or you can reduce the amount of salt that you add to each recipe.

Because Dr. Gourmet recipes use fresh ingredients that are low in sodium, often simply reducing the amount of salt that is called for by 1/2 or eliminating it altogether can help you with eating less sodium.

Every teaspoon of salt has about 2,300 mg of sodium in it. As a rule of thumb, adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt will add about 575 mg of sodium to a recipe. Because the amount of sodium is reported for every Dr. Gourmet recipe, you can easily decide how much salt to leave out and still meet your husband's targets set by his physician.

The other issue you face is that of the amount of Vitamin K, and each recipe lists the amount of Vitamin K in a serving of each recipe. For foods that are not maede from Dr. Gourmet recipes, there are three lists that you can download in PDF form. They range from a very simple list of foods that have a high or moderate amount of Vitamin K to a complete listing of all ingredients used in Dr. Gourmet recipes with the amounts of Vitamin K listed. You can find those links here:

Basic list:

List of foods with relative amounts of Vitamin K:

Comprehensive list:

The Ask Dr. Gourmet section on the website has a listing of questions that have been asked by readers like yourself.

You can see that there's a host of information available to you on the Dr. Gourmet website for eating healthy while taking Coumadin.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet

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