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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
March 12, 2007

Chef Tim Says...

This stuff is so lovely. It has light fruity flavor that is softer than most olive oils when used in a dressing or marinades. I generally use it when I don’t want the taste of the oil to interfere with other flavors in a recipe. I keep a bottle on hand but there’s also spray cans available in most groceries now.

It has a higher amount of mono-unsaturated fats than many oils with a low amount of trans-fatty acids and, consequently, it may actually help prevent heart disease. Grapeseed Oil

Featured Recipe: Grouper with Caramelized Shallot Horseradish Sauce

For horseradish lovers this is a great dish (and even for those who don't like it so much). It has a lighter horseradish flavor enhanced by the caramelized shallots. Sweet, salty and spicy all at once. Any white fish will do -- you could use halibut, snapper, rockfish or even cod. Grouper with Caramelized Shallot Horseradish Sauce

Ask Dr. Gourmet

I have been told that I can't drink cranberry juice while I'm on Coumadin. Is that correct?

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.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Dr. Gourmet

Did You Know?

If you've been told by your doctor that you have a problem with your cholesterol, you should know that the recipes and meal plans on the Dr. Gourmet website are low-fat and low cholesterol. They have been created to help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your cholesterol levels while eating great food. Low Cholesterol / Low-Fat Diets

Honey and Allergies

For a long time people have thought that eating local honey would help with allergies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that this is the case.

There is a beautifully designed study performed by Dr. T.V. Rajan at the University of Connecticut where participants ate either local non-filtered honey, pasteurized honey, or corn syrup with honey flavor (the control group). Ten different allergy symptoms were measured. There were no differences between the two groups that ate the honey and the group eating the placebo honey.

Cooking to Reduce the Burn

Cooking to Reduce the Burn

Cooking to Reduce the Burn was created specifically for those suffering from GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease). With Tummy Tips and easy recipes to help you eat well and eat healthy without painful acid reflux. Download it for FREE!

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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