About Dr. Gourmet

My name is Timothy Harlan and I am both a physician and a chef. This blog is a general collection of information and random ideas on eating great food and eating healthy.

You can find out more at the Dr. Gourmet web site. Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!


Multiple Intolerances; Rennet; Cilantro: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I have discovered I am lactose intolerant, as well as gluten intolerant. Do these afflictions often go together? Does taking lactase “with the first bite” of cheese really help?

Blood Acidity; Iron; Kitchen Scales: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: It seems that several foods that have high omega 3 content are also quite acidic, like walnuts and sardines. Is there a connection between high acid blood levels and high blood glucose levels?

Finding Edamame; Aloe Vera Juice : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I am a female patient with a metal mitral valve on Coumadin. Recently I was cardioverted. My cardiologist is suspicious that Raloxifen might have caused the rhythm of my heart to go up. I am a yoga practitioner and was told that [...]

Why can I eat goat cheese but not cow cheese? : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Can you give me some ideas about where to find complete nutritional info on goat cheese? I am lactose intolerant but find that I can eat goat cheese. I am looking for research info or hard facts on goats cheese. Specifically fat [...]

Which potatoes should I use? : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Lately I have been hearing a lot about the benefits of pomegranate juice from helping with prostate cancer to weight loss and lowering cholesterol. Is this the new “wonder food?” Also, cinnamon seems to be another fabulous supplement, lowering blood sugar is [...]

Substitute for Cilantro; Baron of Beef; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I am from Vancouver, Canada and I am curious to know what Americans call a “baron of beef inside round.” I find it very difficult to find recipes for this cut on the Internet due to the fact that I am not [...]

Breast Cancer : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I would like to know if a daily breakfast diet of Mung beans would be allowed for a woman who is estrogen receptor positive for breast cancer. I see that Mung beans are closely related to soy products, which have phytoestrogens. Soy [...]

Cinnamon; Fenugreek; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: My doctor says I am a borderline diabetic, so I looked on the internet to see what home remedies they had to lower my blood sugar and it stated that Fenugreek would bring it down. But my question is can I take [...]

Popular Questions : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I recently received this email about “butter and margarine” and since I really like margarine I got very concerned and decided to ask your expert opinion on it. I eat margarine and butter once or twice a week I use each for [...]

Nuts and Cholesterol; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I hope you can help me. I eat peanut butter on wheat toast for breakfast. I eat 1/4 cup of nuts at lunch. My LDL is 89, which is a little high. Does eating lots of nuts cause a higher LDL? My [...]