Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
October 30, 2006
Dr. Tim Says...
I had a patient ask about fish the other day. This was after I mentioned that with his risk factors for heart disease he would do well to eat at least two servings of fish per week. He responded that he was worried about the reports of "mercury and other stuff" in fish and wanted to know what to do.
First and foremost, there's no doubt of the tremendous health benefit in eating fish. There are hundreds of studies clearly showing that consuming fish high in Omega 3 fats reduces the risk of sudden death, death from heart disease and stroke. In a meta-analysis of numerous studies published in last week's Journal of the American Medical Association, Drs. Mozaffarian and Rimm conclude that eating 1 - 2 servings each week reduces the risk of death from heart attack by 36% and reduces total mortality by 17%.
Wow! Something easy, cheap and tasty to prevent disease and death. Count me in! One Fish, Two Fish, Mercury in Your Fish
Featured Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
There's a scene in one of Gordon Ramsey's shows where he challenges another chef to make a broccoli soup. The chef uses 11 ingredients to make the soup at great time and expense. Chef Ramsey uses only 4 ingredients in his recipe. The taste tests tell all -- simple is best. This butternut squash is like that -- a lovely, simple soup just right for the fall. Great cooking doesn't have to be elaborate, it just has to taste good. Butternut Squash Soup
Ask Dr. Gourmet...
My husband may have a kidney infection and I wanted to give him cranberry juice, but he is on Coumadin. Would this affect his medicine?
Dr. Gourmet Says...
Interestingly, a cup of cranberry juice cocktail has only 2.5 micrograms (mcg) of Vitamin K. There have been some case reports that cranberry juice can have an effect on INR levels, however.
One report in the British Medical Journal in 2003 is concerning. The patient in question was drinking a great deal of cranberry juice and on an essentially liquid diet. There is a cautionary statement by the British Government about drinking cranberry juice while on Coumadin as a result of some other case reports. There have not been any such case reports that I have found in North America.