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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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 [...]

Connecting the dots : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Connecting the dots

Just a few months ago I reported on a study that demonstrated a link between the amount of added sugars in a person’s diet and their risk of death from heart disease (Bite, 02/19/14), even after [...]

Connecting the dots : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Just a few months ago I reported on a study that demonstrated a link between the amount of added sugars in a person’s diet and their risk of death from heart disease (Bite, 02/19/14), even after taking Body [...]

What The American Beverage Association wants you to think : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

When I am asked to speak or give an interview about health, diet, and nutrition, I am very careful to make it clear that I am an evidence-based physician. In the last thirty-plus years there has been [...]

Kids skipping breakfast : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Skipping breakfast isn’t good for adults and it’s particularly important for kids: not only do kids who eat breakfast (as opposed to nothing) tend to have lower Body Mass Indices and healthier overall diets,they tend to avoid overweight or [...]

Kids who cook : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

A couple of weeks ago we looked at a study that reinforced other research showing that kids will eat more when they are served more(and that larger serving sizes for parents often translate into larger serving sizes for [...]

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,” [...]