Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
November 6, 2006
Dr. Tim Says...
Think you might be influenced by a pretty label on a package? Nah... not me!
Dr. Brian Wansink says that you are, and the subtle clues that contribute to not just what we consume but how we view it make a tremendous difference in how we eat. In a study that substituted a stylish wine label on $2.00 bottles of wine, people reacted in wildly different ways when half of them were told that the "new" wine was from California. The kicker? The other half who thought that the wine was from North Dakota didn't have as good a time, ate less and ate faster than those graced with the very same wine bearing a California label.
I have reported on Dr. Wansink's work in Dr. Gourmet columns previously and will admit to being something of a fan of his. As director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, Dr. Wansink and his colleagues spend time doing elegantly designed studies to determine exactly what motivates our eating patterns. They have studied everything from the size of ice cream bowls to people's reaction to stale popcorn. The research is reported with a wonderful attitude that is at once clearly serious research while still being fun and informative. The little things do matter. (A lot!)
Featured Recipe: Traditional French Onion Soup
This is another recipe where simplest is best. Sauteed onions, chicken stock, nice chunks of wheat bread, and some melted swiss cheese. What could be better on a cold winter's night? Traditional French Onion Soup
Ask Dr. Gourmet...
Dr. Gourmet, I have a friend who is taking coumadon and also is drinking diluted, apple cider vinegar as a daily health option. Could it have an effect on her Coumadin? Her physician can't seem to get her blood to thin out.
Dr. Gourmet Says...
I cannot imagine why anyone would want to drink apple cider vinegar, but I do have a friend who enjoys chewing on lemons. Some people do like sour flavors.
There's no medical reason to drink apple cider vinegar but people have been for centuries. It doesn't appear to harm anything. There is no Vitamin K in cider vinegars and I have not been able to find any reports of an interaction with Coumadin® (warfarin). One way to see is to stop drinking the vinegar to see if the INR levels even out.