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!


Avoid distraction : Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites

Back in 2006 and 2007 I reported on two studies that showed that both adults and children tended to eat more while they watched TV. Listening to music also seems to affect how much you eat. The theory is that being distracted from what you’re eating appears to reduce [...]

Whatever works : Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bite

Choose the diet you can stick to

There’s a lot of controversy over which diet is best if you want to lose weight. Low fat? Low carbohydrate? High fat? Mediterranean Diet? DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)? Weight Watchers? Jenny Craig? Vegetarian? Vegan? Omnivore? Pescetarian? The list [...]

What’s the best nut for your blood pressure? : Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites

I’ve talked about nuts quite a bit here at DrGourmet.com. Not only are nuts part of the Mediterranean Diet, there’s been quite a bit of research on nuts themselves, not to mention research into specific types of nuts, including walnuts, pistachios, and almonds. Adding nuts to your diet has been [...]

Nuts, cancer, and heart disease : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Over the years we’ve written Health & Nutrition Bites on nearly a dozen peer-reviewed studies that focus on nuts and their impact on all sorts of conditions, including poor cholesterol scores, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. This doesn’t include those articles written about a Mediterranean-style diet, [...]

Eggs OK for Diabetics, Too : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Sometimes it still seems to be an uphill battle to let people know that for the vast majority of people, dietary cholesterol (the cholesterol in your food) has virtually no effect on your cholesterol scores. Every now and then I still get an Ask Dr. [...]

Quality counts! : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

I’ve been saying for years – no, decades – that it’s the quality of the calories you put in your mouth and body that really count. Since I’m an allopathic, evidence-based physician talking about health and nutrition, people assume that I’m all about weight loss. The [...]

Beyond blood pressure : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

There are two types of review articles. In one type of review article, the author(s) search for all of the research that’s been done into a particular topic, then pool those results together, yielding stronger results. (Here’s an example.)

Another type of [...]

Death from all causes: even more reason to eat nuts : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

If you’ve been following Dr. Gourmet even a little while, there’s a good chance you’ve heard something about nuts. We’ve seen nuts¬†help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes – with walnuts specifically or through¬†increasing your magnesium [...]

Will chocolate prevent diabetes? : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

As I’ve noted in the past, medicine is not like algebra, where if A = B and B = C, then A = C. So if a food contains an ingredient, and that ingredient has been linked [...]

Why pizza and alcohol go together : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Researchers in The Netherlands noted that drinking alcohol is known to increase food intake in the short term and sought to understand why. They chose to investigate whether this increased consumption is due to “food reward,” which [...]