It's easy to get answers about health and nutrition! Just send your question by email to [email protected] and Dr. Harlan will respond to selected questions of general interest. Answers will be posted in the Ask Dr. Gourmet newsletter (sign up now!) and archived in the Ask Dr. Gourmet section of the website.
You say in one of your columns, "One important study shows that nuts added to a Mediterranean Diet made a huge difference in developing metabolic syndrome. (Arch Intern Med 2008: 168; 2449 - 2458)"
Do you mean that adding nuts to the Mediterranean diet makes a huge difference in preventing metabolic syndrome?
This is exactly the case.
We know that adding monounsaturated fats helps improve cholesterol profile and metabolic syndrome. There's a lot of great choices including almonds, walnuts, peanuts and pecans. I would far prefer my patients have nuts than any sort of processed snack such as potato chips, crackers or pretzels.
I often use nuts in Dr. Gourmet recipes to add both flavor and texture and I love using slivered almonds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds and chopped pecans.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS