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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
May 22, 2006

Support our team in the Tour de Cure!

Support the Tour de CureTeam Dr. Gourmet will will ride 100 miles on June 4th in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fund-raising event.

Please support the ADA with a donation. Even a commitment of 2 cents a mile from you -- that's only two dollars -- will help set the pace in the fight against diabetes. Sponsor Team Dr. Gourmet

Dr. Tim Says...

I hear a lot of patients say things about eating healthy and losing weight that are simply not true. This is the last in a series of columns about those myths and the truth behind them.

Myth: Vegetarian diets are healthier.

Truth: Eating strictly vegetarian has been shown to be good for you. There is excellent research to show that when people don't eat meat they eat fewer calories than people who do. The research is, however, often done under controlled circumstances where the vegetarian diet is also a lower fat diet.... Weight Loss Myths (Part 4)

Featured Recipe: Red Beans and Rice

This recipe was a challenge not so much because of the amount of fat that many Creole recipes have in them, but because of the amount of salt. The first concern was the sausage. A number of variations of ham and sausage were tried, but the Healthy Choice® smoked sausage is a good product with only 480 mg of sodium and 2.5 grams of fat in 2 ounces. You may be able to find similar products at your grocery store, but Healthy Choice is a national brand and widely available.

This recipe is best made a day ahead, refrigerated overnight, and reheated over freshly made jasmine or long grain rice. So if you'd like to have your Red Beans and Rice on Monday, as is traditional, make it on a Sunday afternoon. The pot bubbling on your stove all afternoon will make your house smell delicious. Enjoy!

The health of it all legumes and heart disease

There is very good evidence that eating legumes lowers the risk for heart disease. Research by a group looking at almost 10,000 men published in November 2001 showed that even one serving of lentils or chick peas a week lowers the risk of heart disease. And the best part is that the more you eat, the lower the risk. Eating legumes 4 times or more per week reduces the risk of heart disease by as much as 22%.

Isis and Minerva

Minerva Says: Ok, it was the Discovery Channel right? (Because I'm a dork.) And there is this show called Taboo. Taboo is basically about people around the world doing things Not-Considered-Normal-Here. One of the specials was about food. Weird food. Food people don't usually eat. Food I'll be talking about. OK, so I wouldn't eat it....

Hand on Heart

Hand on Heart

Dr. Harlan's latest cookbook, Hand on Heart, includes several of the recipes from drgourmet.com, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

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