Dr. Gourmet's Health & Nutrition Bites

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

We've seen in previous research that drinking more sugared sodas (as opposed to sodas sweetened with calorie-free sweeteners) has been linked to a greater risk of diabetes. That would seem to be obvious: more sugary sodas means more calories consumed, so people are more likely to be overweight and thus more likely to develop diabetes. Yet other research showed that those who drank two cans of diet soda per day were more likely to be overweight at the end of an eight-year study than those who only drank regular soda.

Worse yet, switching to diet sodas doesn't seem to help people lose weight - in fact, in one study those who switched their sugar-sweetened sodas to water lost more weight than those who switched those same sugary beverages for the diet versions.

But what about diet sodas and diabetes? I've noted before that medicine is not math, so the Transitive Property of Equality (if A=B and B-C, then A=C) doesn't apply: drinking diet sodas might mean gaining weight, but it might not mean a higher risk of diabetes. Diet sodas and your risk of diabetes »

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Featured Recipes

Carne Asada Tacos

I love tacos. There are so many great variations on how to fill the humble corn tortilla, but this is one of my favorites. The marinade is easy to make and the result is at once umami, sweet, tart and a bit salty. It hits all the right notes. You can dress it simply with the lettuce and tomatoes but sauteeing some julienned peppers along with the Carne Asada is a great addition. I especially love the Sriracha Slaw along with these tacos.

Sriracha Slaw

Sriracha sauce makes the perfect ingredient for a spicy slaw. You need a bit of sweetness from the honey and the creaminess of the sour cream to balance the flavors with the bitter greens.

Check the label of your Sriracha to make sure of the sodium content. This varies widely. The USDA reports only about 50 milligrams per teaspoon, but one of the most popular, Huy Fong Foods Chili Garlic Sauce, contains 95 milligrams per teaspoon, so you might have to adjust your added salt a bit to keep the flavors balanced.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa makes the perfect addition to any salad. It is a complete protein, meaning you don't have to add any meat, and the nutty flavor and chewy texture complement veggies perfectly.

Seared Tuna Tacos with Wasabi Slaw

Seared Tuna Tacos with Wasabi Slaw

There are a lot of options on this recipe. You don't have to make the wasabi cole slaw if it's too spicy for you - use some plain thinly sliced bok choy or Chinese cabbage instead. Sprouts - either mung bean sprouts or alfalfa sprouts - are another option in place of the slaw. If yellow peppers aren't available, red, orange, or green peppers will work too.

Mango Sorbet

"With lemming-like zeal, Nearly all Americans have adopted the French-fried sor-BAY"
-Charles Harrington Eisler

This quote is from The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations: The Complete Opinionated Guide by Charles Harrington Eisler.

It is a great history of how and why we pronounce this sor-BAY and not SOR-bit.

Strawberry Sorbet

You can make this with almost any fruit and it is best to have the fruit almost, but not quite, overripe. One pound of strawberries is about 3 1/2 to 4 cups and if you use an equivalent amount of fruit, you should come out with a good sorbet.