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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Are we ready to cut salt? : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

If you’re reading this, you’re probably well aware that the average American eats far more salt than is good for them, with estimates of the average sodium intake ranging from 3,400 milligrams to over 10,000 milligrams per [...]

Smart Phones and Childhood Obesity: Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Smart phones seem to be more and more common, even in school age children. And they don’t appear to be limited to those children whose families are in the higher income brackets: those who are minorities or [...]

Dieting? Spicy Foods May Help: Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

People ask me this all the time: “Is it true that eating spicy foods raises your metabolism?”

It sure seems like it ought to be true: when you eat [...]

Plating Matters: Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Back in 2011 I told you about a group of studies that compared different food presentations on how much people liked the food (Bite,9/21/11). One study compared “balanced” and “unbalanced” presentations, a second compared “neat” to “messy,” [...]

Why you eat more while watching TV: Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Several years ago I reported on two studies that showed that both adults (Bite, 11/07/06 ) and children (Bite, 02/14/07) tend to eat more when they are distracted, whether by music or television. While there are several [...]

Peanuts and Pregnancy: Dr. Gourmet's Health & Nutrition Bites

The incidence of peanut allergy in children has more than tripled in recent years.

Research tells us that 70% of allergies are identified at the child’s first known [...]

Prevent Diabetes without Losing Weight

If you’ve been following Dr. Gourmet for even a little while, you know that we’re all about translating Mediterranean Diet principles for the American kitchen. Hundreds upon hundreds of well-designed studies document the positive effects of a [...]

Can you be healthy and overweight? : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

The research I’ll be discussing today really got people’s attention: the editor of the¬†Annals of Internal Medicine set the tone by writing an editorial titled “The Myth of Healthy Obesity.” It’s the secondary results of this study [...]

Improve Your Diet, Live Longer - Even After a Heart Attack : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Back in 2006 I reported on a study performed in Greece (Nutrition 2006;22:722-730), looking at all of the individuals in six local hospitals who had been diagnosed with a heart attack or unstable angina. The researchers correlated [...]

Drinking Sugary Beverages Makes You Gain Weight : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Drinking too many sugar-sweetened soft drinks has been linked to overweight and obesity along with such chronic illnesses as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, gout, gallstones, and kidney disease. Research attempting to directly link sugar-sweetened beverages [...]