Dr. Ann

Although trans fats are much less common in processed foods than in years past, they still haunt our food supply. Here are the foods that most commonly contain them. Many are kids’ favorites—so beware! Frozen pizzas Cookies Pie Crusts Microwave popcorn Stick margarine Cake mixes and frostings Pancake and waffle mixes Frozen dinners Refrigerated and […]

We are consuming record amounts of sugars in our diets. Based on the latest scientific reports, the average American consumes 350-475 calories a day of “added” sweeteners. That is the equivalent of 22-30 teaspoons! (“Added” sugars are those that are put into processed foods and beverages – not the “natural” sugars already present in foods […]

Tis the season for annoying spring allergies. Thanks to a new study, getting some relief may be as easy as popping a probiotic supplement. Scientist enrolled 173 adults who suffer from seasonal allergies in a study to evaluate the effectiveness of a combination of two beneficial species of bacteria – lactobacillus and bifidobacterium (available as […]

If you’re looking for an easy, daily habit to lower your risk of cognitive decline, drinking tea may be just what the doctor ordered. According to a new study that followed the tea consumption of 957 Chinese seniors from 2003 to 2005, as well as their cognitive function thru 2010, daily tea drinkers were 50 […]

We all know what it’s like to get that mid-afternoon hunger strike. If you get hungry, be sure to grab (guilt free!) one of my top ten favorite snacks! A handful (1 ounce) of nuts – any variety, packaged or bulk fresh Fresh veggies (carrots, bell pepper strips, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets) dipped in […]

Fiber has a long list of health benefits. Here are the best ways to get more of this special compound in your daily diet. Consume as many fruits and veggies as possible. The superstars for fiber content include: berries (raspberries #1), snow peas, apples, canned tomato products, pumpkin, cauliflower, avocado, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, Brussels […]

Regular nut consumption reduces the risk of heart-related death by up to 30-50%. People who eat nuts regularly live longer. People who eat nuts regularly get less type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. People who eat nuts regularly are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration. People who eat nuts regularly are leaner than those […]

All forms of freshly brewed tea are great for you—whether green, black, white and oolong. They are all derived from the same leaf, the camellia sinensis leaf (home to those remarkable antioxidant catechins). Drink the varieties you enjoy—cold or hot, bagged or loose-leaf—just brew it yourself to fully exploit its goodness. The processing required for […]

-Be sure to have some high quality protein at each feeding/meal.  The digestion of protein gives rise to a prolonged and sustained blood glucose level which translates to a steady and robust energy level. My top picks for energizing proteins are omega 3-fortified eggs, nuts, beans, fish, low-fat plain yogurt, and skinless poultry. -Indulge in […]

Knowing that herbs and spices are teeming with potent antioxidant compounds, researchers from Penn State set out to determine if adding a blend of herbs and spices to a high fat meal could mitigate its adverse effects. For this study, they fed 6 overweight, but healthy men two separate test meals on two separate days. […]

In a first-of-its-kind laboratory evaluation, scientists have preliminary evidence that prebiotics, dietary fibers that feed the good bacteria in our guts, may benefit sleep and stress resiliency. For this lab study scientists fed one group of mice a diet enriched with prebiotics and a control group of mice the same diet without the prebiotics. The […]

To fully experience all the dazzling benefits of fruits and veggies, science says to aim for 8 or more servings a day. Here is my personal failsafe means of doing so.  I eat 1 cup of berries (typically frozen) and ½ of a banana at breakfast = 2.5 servings  I include a piece of whole […]