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!

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Iron Skillets; Non-Stick Pans; Nicoise : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: What temperatures should be used with non-stick skillets for cooking various foods? Are there any guidelines? I read somewhere that eggs should be cooked on med-low, is that correct?

A: Thanks very much for this question. I have had [...]

Antidepressants and Weight Gain; Oxidized Cholesterol; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I have been eating grits instead of oatmeal because it stays with me longer then oatmeal. The main reason I switched from oatmeal is because it has more sugar in it then grits does. I am a type 2 diabetic and I have been trying [...]

Pregnancy and Supplements; Olive Oil; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Thank you for your informative article about multivitamin use and breast cancer. I just started taking multivitamins a week ago because I am vegan, live in the Pacific Northwest, and am trying to conceive so I need B12, vitamin D, and folic acid. Would you say [...]

Wine : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Does having a glass of wine every night affect weight loss?

A: Even though that glass of wine has about 150 calories, those who drink alcohol on a regular basis have a lower risk of being obese. In a study [...]

Diuretics; Pre-diabetes; More: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: My mother is taking Lasix and is not tolerating the 20mg x 1/ day potassium tablet well. Where can I find a potassium rich food guide with potassium levels / serving size? Is it possible to eat enough potassium rich foods in a day to [...]

Age, Appetite, and Scams: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I am curious what you think about the 500 calorie diet with Vitamin B and lipotropics.

A: This is quackery at its finest. No one should be on a 500 calorie diet and there’s no such thing as a “lipotropic.” 500 [...]

Thyroid Cancer and Iodine; Garlic and Warfarin; More: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I am in need of advice about diet because 20 years ago I had thyroid cancer, and my thyroid was removed. I have taken Levoxyl ever since. Recently I read a book that said I should not be eating fish or taking [...]

Cooking Substitutes: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: My daughter is allergic to all forms of sesame and peanuts. What can I use in stir fries to substitute for sesame oil yet maintain a nice Asian flavour?

Hothouse vs. Home-grown tomatoes; More: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I like the Red Bull Energy Drink a lot, specially the “Light” one, which only has 8 calories. I like its flavor and indeed gives me more energy. Is there anything wrong with this drink? Is is healthy to drink it, especially [...]

Shellfish vs. Fish; More: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I just watched your video on eating more fish. Is shellfish (shrimp, lobster, etc.) included when you are speaking of eating more fish?