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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
August 28, 2006

Dr. Tim Says...

In a recent News Bite I discussed the importance of different types of research studies. Prospective studies are especially important because research that is designed to follow people over time is more accurate than the retrospective study where participants are asked to recall diet histories.

The two other types of research are defined as either observational (where no particular change is made to a person's lifestyle) or interventional (where those being studied are asked to follow a new diet plan). Observational studies allow us to evaluate what issues might exist that best promote health while interventional research studies which changes work best. Weighing In: Body Mass Index as a Guide to Your Health

Ask Dr. Gourmet

Love your website. It is so informative. On the paperwork from the pharmacy cranberries and cranberry juice are mentioned as foods to be avoided while on Coumadin. Is there a list of foods that may interact with Coumadin even though they are low in Vitamin K (i.e. peanuts and cranberries). Also, someone told me not to eat onions while on Coumadin because they act as a blood thinner. Finally, is soy protein isolate on the "no" list?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Thanks for your nice words about the Dr. Gourmet website.

There is no list of ingredients that are low in Vitamin K that might have an effect on INR in those taking Coumadin® (warfarin). This is because most such information comes from isolated case reports.

The concern that some have with peanuts (which are actually very low in Vitamin K) is a compound called resveratrol. This is found in many plants including peanuts, grapes and berries like cranberries and blueberries. Resveratrol is an antioxidant and interest in it has been high because of the research showing that wine and grape juice might have a protective effect against atherosclerosis and heart disease. More on Coumadin Interactions

Dr. Gourmet Appearances

Do you live in Florida? On Tuesday, August 19, at 8:10am, the radio station WMKT - The Talk Station will feature a live, in-depth interview with Dr. Harlan about GERD and heartburn-friendly recipes. On television, he'll be on NBC's South Florida Today in the 10am hour to talk about eating healthy while managing GERD / Acid Reflux. Be sure to tune in!

Featured Recipe:
Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad

Beets are wonderfully serious veggies and roasting intensifies that flavor. The combination of the spiciness of fennel and cumin with the creamy tartness of the feta cheese make this an even more intense salad. Perfect as a side dish for summer meals or one to take to a pot luck, this recipe is also amazingly simple (but your friends will think you worked really hard). Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad

Featured Ingredient:

These are the veggies that you probably hated as a kid (I did). Most of us had them out of a can or as pickled beets, however fresh beets are fantastic and nothing like those that have been canned.

Look for fresh beets with the beet greens still attached. The greens should be fresh and crisp, like fresh spinach. The greens are delicious sautéed quickly in just a pat of butter and a touch of maple syrup (see my Collard Greens recipe). They should be cooked as soon as possible because they will wilt rapidly. More on Beets

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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