Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP has counseled thousands of his patients on healthy, sustainable weight loss. Now he's compiled his best tips and recipes into a six-week plan for you to learn how to eat great food that just happens to be great for you - and if losing weight is your goal, you can do that, too.
Get the prescription for better health as well as healthy weight loss, including:
Q: Does our body process agave differently than sugar?
A: This is a great question and hands down of the two choices - table sugar or agave nectar - sugar would be your better choice. Both are sugars but agave is predominantly fructose - about 82% fructose - where sucrose is 50% fructose and 50% glucose.
Sugar in any amount is challenging, and you should be limiting your consumption, whether it is table sugar, honey, agave, brown sugar, or maple syrup. The problem with agave is that the fructose is taken up and metabolized differently than sugar. Agave vs. sugar »
Q: I take Coumadin and have developed painful arthritis in two of my fingers. Can I wear a copper ring?
A: Wearing copper rings and bracelets is safe, but will not help with arthritis in any way. Copper for arthritis »
Q: My wife has high triglycerides at present 857, and we are thinking go for first child. Request your suggestion on the same.
A: Generally speaking, folks with very high triglycerides have a genetic condition that affects the metabolism of lipids (fats) in the bloodstream. It is key that people with very high triglycerides are followed closely by their doctor.
There are a lot of diet changes that can help lower triglycerides. Triglycerides and pregnancy »
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Dr. Tim Harlan has translated Mediterranean Diet principles for the American kitchen, with recipes that include Taco Salad, Red Beans and Rice, and Fettuccine Alfredo. With Just Tell Me What to Eat! you'll find out how familiar foods that your family will love can be great for you.