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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: October 8, 2007

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Many of you know that I have been working on menu planning software for the Dr. Gourmet web site. I am really excited to tell you that we are launching this free software today. I would love your help in spreading the word by forwarding this message on to your friends.

When I started working on this project it seemed easy -- the idea of a menu creation program that addresses not just a healthy diet, or one for weight loss, but which can also can handle specific health issues like GERD, lactose intolerance, food allergies or those who use Coumadin® (warfarin). From your emails I know that these are major issues for a lot of people and require careful choice of recipes, given the consequences for folks. There are three redundant systems that check for safety in those with health issues or food allergies.

It was really important that the software work for families. Time and again I have had a mom say that she had to be able to create menu plans for the whole family. At the same time, I wanted the program to be able to use the leftovers in a sensible way. Many of the programs that I have seen pick recipes at random and don't address how leftover food will be used. From talking with patients all these years, I know this is a major issue, because the extra food will get eaten if it's just sitting there in the refrigerator. Announcing My eatTHISdiet

Featured Recipe

Maple Glazed Salmon with Lentils
This recipe has it all. It's simple and quick and has great savory flavor that's complemented by the sweetness of the seared fish. The lentils are full of flavor and have a ton of fiber. This recipe is safe for Coumadin® (warfarin) users, low in sodium (salt), GERD / acid reflux-friendly, and lactose-free.

Ask Dr. Gourmet

My husband needs to keep his potassium level down. Along with that issue is a need to eat low cholesterol and sodium. He just got to come off Coumadin this week which helps open up choices, but now with an elevated potassium level it's thrown another monkey wrench into eating. I didn't see any diets on your site which address potassium ... any recommendations?

Dr. Gourmet Says....

While there are no specific diets on the Dr. Gourmet web site at this time, every recipe does have the amount of potassium listed in the Nutrition Facts section.

All of the recipes are based on a healthy Mediterranean style Heart Healthy diet. For now, you can simply check to see if a particular recipe is lower in potassium or not. In addition, here are two files from the USDA.... Potassium


Red LentilsLentils are legumes like peas, garbanzos and peanuts. They are mostly carbohydrate and protein and not very much fat. They have tons of fiber with a half cup of cooked lentils coming in at around 8 grams.

Like other legumes you can cook them whole but are also great in soups and pureed into sauces. There are three main types. The small green lentil is also known as the French lentil. It has a thin shell and a stronger pea-like flavor. Red and yellow lentils are slightly smaller and not as plump as green lentils. They have a milder flavor. French lentils take a little longer to cook than their red and yellow cousins. Lentils

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