Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


Winning Vegetables for Colon Cancer Prevention

Past studies have indicated that the allium family of vegetables, namely onions, garlics, shallots, and leeks, exhibit unique cancer-fighting properties. Thanks to a new study, their position as preventative agents for colon cancer just received a nice boost. For this study, scientists interviewed 833 patients with colorectal cancer and 833 healthy subjects of the same […]

Unfortunately the standard American diet (SAD for short) is woefully deficient in fiber – an undigestible form of plant-carbohydrate that we now know plays a huge role in broad spectrum disease protection including promoting gastrointestinal health, aiding in maintenance of a healthy body weight along with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, many cancers and […]

A presentation at the International Association for Dental Research reported for the that the citric acid in sports beverages causes significant tooth enamel erosion compromising tooth integrity and predisposing to fissures and cracks. I consider sports beverages a close cousin to soda and never recommend their use except for those engaging in vigorous physical activity […]

I am frequently queried about nutrition in the realm of athletic performance.  Although the specifics can vary dependent on the type of sport or activity – the broad lessons remain the same and are as follows: By far the single greatest impact from food/diet on an athlete’s  performance derives from day to day nutrition overtime.  Meaning, […]

Snacking is as American as apple pie – a culturally reinforced behavior that is simply hard wired into our food environment. And while traditional snack choices have largely been nutritional disasters, typically low in the good stuff, like fiber and nutrients, and high in the bad stuff, like excess calories, bad fats, salts, sugar and […]

Inflammation is a key driver of most chronic diseases and the anti-inflammatory power in ginger is off-the-charts.The potent inflammation busters in ginger are called xanthines. These valuable agents are also work horses for boosting immunity and fighting viral infections. For optimal results, include ginger, powdered or fresh, in your diet regularly – daily is best. […]

All standard teas from the Camellias Sinensis will have caffeine in them.  Contrary to what people think, all varieties including black, green white and oolong have similar amounts. Bag teas generally have a little less than loose leaf.  Unfortunately, the decaffeination process destroys most of the beneficial catechins. For those sensitive to caffeine that still want […]

If you “expect” a food or meal to satisfy you – chances are it will.  Fascinating new research just presented at a scientific meeting on eating behavior found our minds can indeed convince our stomachs that a food or meal will fill us up.  Appetite control is the Holy Grail for achieving a healthy body […]

I consider fiber a secret weapon on the disease-fighting front and this provocative study reminds us to load up early and often for optimal heart health. In the study, scientists demonstrated that a high fiber diet in early-to-mid adult life was associated with a significantly lower lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease. The lead investigator described […]

According to a report in Gastroenterology (July 09), Celiac Disease is 4 times more common in the US than it was during the 1950’s. The disease results from an intolerance to the protein gluten, found in wheat, barley, and rye. When celiac patients consume gluten, they suffer an inflammatory reaction within the small intestine that can lead to a […]

Get into the habit of making your own salad dressings and forget the store-bought brands.  It’s simple, quick, healthier, cheaper, and tastes so much better. My go-to is… (Blend these together with a fork!) extra virgin olive oil (1/4 cup) apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup) brown mustard (1 big spoonful) curry (1/2 tbsp) honey (2 […]

We now have credible data to support that calories consumed late at night are more fattening than those consumed during the day.  An intriguing laboratory study revealed “hard data” to give us reason to be particularly food-wary during the wee hours of the night. Scientist have consistently observed that shift workers who are frequently forced to eat […]

If shedding some weight via exercise is one of your health goals for the New Year and you want to get the most bang for your time, you would be best served to incorporate aerobic vs. resistance exercise. In a study that marks the largest randomized trial ever undertaken to directly quantify changes in body […]