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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
October 2, 2006

Chef Tim Says...

I believe that pizza is the perfect food. I say this all the time to patients. Most are shocked by the statement, but it's true.

Here's the deal. A couple of slices of pizza have about 60 grams of carbohydrates in the crust. That's in the range of a dinner portion for most people. (For those working on their weight, one slice will do.) There's a lot of fiber in that crust too -- 4 grams if the dough is made with white flour, and by using whole wheat flour there's twice as much.

The key to great pizza is what you put on top of it. In the pizza joint you're going to be OK with the tomato sauce, and the mozzarella cheese that most use is actually lower in fat than regular cheese. It's when you begin to load on other stuff that most people get into trouble. Sausage, pepperoni and ground beef are all chock full of saturated fat, calories and salt. The key to eating pizza out is to top it with healthier choices. The Perfect Food

Ask Dr. Gourmet...

My wife has been taking warfarin for over two months. When she started exercising for three days a week, in a month's time she has gained 12 pounds, and her diet did not change. Before she started exercising she was losing some amount of weight. She will be using warfarin for the next four months. Do you think warfarin has affected her metabolism? If yes how could she lose weight then?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

This is a very interesting question. There is no evidence that Coumadin® (warfarin) leads to weight gain. As a physician my first question would be whether there is a medical issue that is leading to your wife's weight gain. It is important that she discuss this with her doctor. Coumadin and Weight Gain

Featured Recipe:
Pizza with Roasted Eggplant and Feta Cheese

Quite simply, pizza is the perfect food. This recipe has it all -- good fats, good carbs, lots of fiber, great flavor -- the perfect balanced meal! Pizza with Roasted Eggplant and Feta Cheese

Featured Ingredient:

Eggplant belongs to the nightshade family, as do tomatoes and potatoes. As such, it is technically a fruit. As with tomatoes and other nightshade family members, there are a number of varieties of eggplant and markets carry more and more of them.

The large dark purple pear shaped eggplant is the most common. The larger the eggplant, the lesser the flavor will be and the tougher the skin. I generally look for fruit that is no more than about 1 lb (about 8 inches long and 4 inches in diameter). More on Eggplant

Cooking to Reduce the Burn

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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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