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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On cholesterol-lowering medication? Diet can still help : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Back in 2006 I wrote about a professor I had in medical school who said, “I don’t care about my diet, I’ll just take Zocor or another cholesterol lowering medication and keep eating my thick, juicy steaks.” He [...]

Tea and Ovarian Cancer : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Drinking black tea may reduce your risk of ovarian cancer

Judging from the women in my practice, ovarian cancer may well be the most-feared diagnosis, even more than breast cancer. Why? Because the vast majority of ovarian cancers [...]

Sodium might make you... fat? : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Here at Dr. Gourmet we try to report on research that’s applicable to your daily life. That’s why our Health & Nutrition Bites always end with “What this means for you:” we report on research that’s strong [...]

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

There’s been a fair amount of coverage in the health news on recent research into non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). A study that appeared to confirm the existence of NCGS was refuted by a later study, performed by [...]

Don't let the brand fool you : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Don’t let the brand fool you

Back in 2009 I shared with you a study which showed that if people think a cookie is healthy, they’ll eat more of them. A lot more of them – about 35% more on [...]

Whole grains and Type 2 diabetes, heart disease : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Whole grains reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease

Metabolic syndrome, for those who might not be long-time readers of Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites, is a combination of abnormal lab results and body [...]

Belly fat and sodas : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Belly fat and sodas

Belly fat fixes seem to be ubiquitous: “Flatten your stomach with this one weird trick!” “Lose 10 pounds of belly fat by doing this!” The problem is that there’s belly fat… and then there’s [...]

Exercise because it's fun : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Exercise because it’s fun

As you know, you can lose weight just by cutting calories, but it’s much easier to lose weight if you diet and exercise. The trick for many people, however, is that exercise makes them hungry – and [...]

Connecting the dots : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Connecting the dots

Just a few months ago I reported on a study that demonstrated a link between the amount of added sugars in a person’s diet and their risk of death from heart disease (Bite, 02/19/14), even after [...]

Connecting the dots : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Just a few months ago I reported on a study that demonstrated a link between the amount of added sugars in a person’s diet and their risk of death from heart disease (Bite, 02/19/14), even after taking Body [...]