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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
March 27, 2006

Dr. Tim Says...

Along with amino acids and other molecules, purines are a source of nitrogen for your body. When they are processed, purines break down into uric acid so that the body can get rid of excess nitrogen. In some of us, uric acid is not processed properly, and the concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream is too high. When this happens, the molecule forms small crystals that deposit in joints, causing a painful arthritis known as gout.

As a result, foods that are high in purines can cause problems for people with gout. Limiting these ingredients is key to helping prevent a flare of the arthritis, but there are other measures that can help prevent gout as well. What About Gout?

Chef Tim Says...

I do love to go to grocery stores. One of my favorite tourist stops when I am traveling is the local market. It could be a tiny little shop in the English countryside presided over by a gentleman who seems to know each and every item in the store. Or it might be the supermarket in the 17th arrondissement in Paris: it really doesn't matter to me. I feel more connected to a culture by seeing what and how they purchase on a day to day basis. At the Grocery

Featured Recipe:
Lentil and Black Bean Salad

More happy legumes for spring. This recipe is perfect for taking to that pot luck or for your next picnic. The amount of lentils and black beans makes this a moderate risk for those with gout (see this week's "Dr. Tim Says..." column). Lentil and Black Bean Salad

Featured Ingredient:
Canned Black Beans

I don't hesitate to use canned beans and black beans are no exception. Find the brands in your market that you like and stick with them. This may take some trial and error because there's a wide variation in quality.

I always rinse canned beans and canned black beans, again, are no exception. In most major brands there's a high salt content and rinsing will help some. For some reason canned organic beans seem to have less added sodium. More about Canned Black Beans...

Isis and Minerva

Minerva Says: Reality TV is not something we watch in our house. Cooking shows, cartoons, those fun folks on the History channel- no Survivor or The Apprentice or any of that stuff. Until Bravo came out with Project Runway--Mom is addicted and got the rest of us hooked. So what could be better than Runway in the kitchen I ask you? Well they almost got it right. Top Chef

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