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!


Mind over matter? : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Mind over matter?

Recently one focus of obesity research has been into the way the body registers hunger and satiety, or fullness. We’ve discovered an amino acid (these types of amino acids are known as peptides) called ghrelin which [...]

Fruits' fiber for life : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

The Mediterranean Diet is considered a pattern of eating with nine components: vegetables, legumes, fruits and nuts, cereals (whole grains), fish, olive oil, dairy products, meats, and alcohol. Last week we discussed a study that suggests that it’s [...]

Live longer on a cellular level : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Live longer (on a cellular level) with a Mediterranean Diet

Back in 2011 I wrote an article about telomeres and omega-3 fatty acids. I described telomeres in this way:

Your [...]

Preventing fractures with supplements : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Preventing fracture: more evidence against vitamin supplements

Most of the time when we talk about treating or preventing osteoporosis, we focus on building bone, whether it’s by taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements or by building stronger bones [...]

Daily juice intake linked to higher central blood pressure : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

If you’ve kicked your soda habit in favor of juice – because it seems healthier – you might want to rethink that decision.

A study recently published in Appetite [...]

Fast food linked to depression in kids : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

ack in 2012 I shared with you a study that looked at the relationship between eating fast food and depression in adults. In a sample of nearly 9,000 adults, those who ate the most fast food – about [...]

Drinking milk may be bad for your bones : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

For years, if not decades, we have been told to drink our milk in order to build strong bones. Milk is a good source of calcium, Vitamin D, and phosphorus, all important nutrients for bone formation and [...]

Cut calories by planning ahead : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

When patients ask me to help them to lose weight, one of the first things I do is ask them what they eat for breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them do not take their [...]

DASH diet may help treat effects of PCOS : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects as many as 18% of women worldwide. Despite its name, it is an endocrine (hormonal) disorder that is not directly caused by the ovaries; in fact, it is a combination of several [...]

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 [...]