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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
June 6, 2006

Got GERD (Acid Reflux)? We've got good news!

Most people think of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as occasional heartburn, but there are a significant number who have chronic, persistent pain and discomfort. GERD affects about 15 million people.

As of today, every recipe on the Dr. Gourmet website is now labeled in the Special Diet Information section with whether it might cause reflux symptoms and which are the problem ingredients. Some recipes will have suggestions for changes to make them more "reflux friendly."

Here's a page with more information about GERD and from there you'll find a guide to reflux friendly recipes on the Dr. Gourmet website. This week's featured recipe is a Papaya Poppyseed Dressing that is less likely to provoke symptoms of acid reflux.

Dr. Tim Says...

Last week I wrote about research on the Mediterranean Diet. In summary, Antonia Trichopoulou and his colleagues reported on a large study that examined over 22,000 healthy adults in Greece and found that those eating a traditional Mediterranean diet had a significant reduction in death from heart disease and cancer (NEJM 2003;348:2599-2608).

The results of this research are so fantastic because they show how simple changes can make a major difference in your health. While the researchers looked a number of factors the core of the Mediterranean diet can be broken into 9 important areas of change for your health. The Mediterranean Diet (Part 2)

Featured Recipe:
Papaya Poppyseed Dressing

It's almost summer and time for dressings. With the Dr. Gourmet commitment to help those with GERD, today's featured recipe is a Papaya Poppyseed Dressing that's less likely to provoke symptoms of acid reflux than most dressings. There is some research that indicates papaya my help aid digestion. The enzyme papain in the fruit mimics some of our own digestive enzymes. Papaya Poppyseed Dressing

Featured Ingredient:
Sour Cream

There are three types of sour cream on the market now.

The regular version has 5 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons. Of this 3.5 grams are saturated. There are 60 total calories with 50 of them coming from fat.

Reduced or lowered fat sour cream has only 3.5 grams of fat in 2 tablespoons (2.5 saturated). Each serving is 45 calories. More on Sour Creams

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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