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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]