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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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 [...]

Read the label, toddler version : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Read the label, toddler version

Good parents know how important it is to help their child develop healthy eating habits early in order to set them up for a healthier, longer life. This is also the time to influence [...]

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 [...]