Dr. Ann

Fat is what gives our foods flavor, and if you know exactly which oils to select, you get the best of both worlds —great tasting food that guards and protects your health too. Remember, it is the type of fat in your diet that really matters. Your goals are to bring in the make-me-healthier fats […]

The delectable Mediterranean Diet, characterized as rich in fruits, veggies, legumes, fish, and olive oil and low in red meat, sugar, and refined carbs has been strongly tied to lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, dementia, obesity, and depression. It is a proven winner for health and taste. Here are two […]

Starches are “comfort foods” that we all tend to want and even crave. Some are great for you while others are bad for you. Here are the lists of both to guide you to better health. Good Starches Any form of beans, peas, or lentils Any form of winter squash – butternut, acorn, kabocha, pumpkin, etc. […]

Beware of Processed Foods In a study published in the prestigious journal, Nature, which really grabbed my attention, scientists concluded that very commonly used food additives, known as emulsifiers, may be triggering inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well as obesity and other metabolic disorders. Recognizing that diet has an enormous impact on the microbiome (the name given […]

Here are two of my favorite summertime veggies and delicious ways to prepare them. Like all green veggies, okra is great for you. This southern favorite provides a handsome dose of the heart-happy vitamins A and C along with the bone-friendly minerals calcium and magnesium. What really sets this unique veggie apart, however, is its […]

The nutritional pedigree of kiwi fruit makes it a fruit superstar – and one of the best choices for healthy living! Here are three reasons why you should eat kiwi: Kiwis are exploding with vitamin C – even more than oranges! Kiwis are packed with several heart-healthy nutrients including potassium, magnesium, and fiber. This green […]

Fermented foods are rockin’ for health and one of my favorites, kefir, may be an especially wise choice for those concerned with high blood pressure. Past studies have indicated that dysbiosis, an imbalance of gut bacteria, may be a cause of high blood pressure. Additionally, studies have shown that probiotics, supplements of beneficial bacteria, can […]

Because past studies have indicated that anthocyanins may offer unique benefits for the lungs, John’s Hopkins scientists decided to investigate further. Anthocyanins are exceedingly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that provide brilliant purple/bluish hues to plant-based foods. For this study, 463 adults had their diets and lung function carefully assessed in 2002 and then again […]

Physically intact whole grains are an exceptional food for health protection and black rice is arguably the cream of the rice crop. This exotic and strikingly luscious colored rice, also known as “forbidden rice,” was revered and specifically reserved for Ancient Asian royalty. Along with a wholesome nutritional wallop from abundant fiber, minerals, and vitamins, […]

Anthocyanins are plant pigments that exhibit show-stopping antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power.  Here is the list of foods that offers the highest concentration of anthocyanins per serving.  For best results, include these foods in your diet regularly. Black raspberries Black currants Blueberries Blackberries Red cabbage Black plums Red radish Red raspberries Breathe Easier with These Fruits […]

Here are the “facts on organic” based on the best science to date. I imagine that many of you ask yourselves the same question. What follows are the “facts on organics,” and I hope you find them helpful in making an informed decision that will best serve you and your family. Here are the facts […]

Dark chocolate lovers rejoice. Two new pilot studies found that that dark chocolate may be especially beneficial for the brain and the immune system. Both studies fed study subjects high cacao (70%) dark chocolate and monitored a host of cellular processes, including gene activity in both brain cells and immune cells, as well as brainwave […]