Dr. Ann

Apples are a standout food for health protection and we can thank their peels for most of their disease-busting prowess. Apple peels are rich in insoluble fiber that aids in appetite control and feeds the good bacteria in our colons. But what really sets the peel apart from its fleshy component is its stunning array […]

Sugar substitutes’ reputation as a useful tool for weight control and a “safe” substitute for sugar just received a major setback. In one of the most sweeping studies to date, scientists could not identify a sufficient level of evidence to indicate that sugar substitutes help us with weight control. To the contrary, the studies that […]

Well stocked salad bars offer a quick and convenient opportunity to tap into the extraordinary nutritional benefits the right foods can provide.  Fortunately – comprehensive salad bars are now easy to access.  My personal favorites are Ruby Tuesday, Whole Foods and Earth Fare. To successfully navigate through the salad bar and get the most nutritional […]

Salads are arguably the best dish for “feeding your microbiome”.  The microbiome refers to that rich ecosystem of beneficial bacteria that reside in our GI tract. Maintaining a healthy microbiome (which is vital to all-over health!) requires eating a broad array of plant-based foods.  Salads are the perfect dish for giving those good bugs the […]

Looking for a delectable way to sharpen your mind? Dark chocolate may be just what the doctor ordered! In a hot-off-the-press review that included the findings from 49 previously published studies –  scientists noted a slew of cognitive benefits that resulted after the ingestion of cocoa flavanols, potent antioxidants found in dark chocolate and cocoa. […]

If you have not already discovered “the magic” of fermented foods, I encourage you to do so. These microbe-enhanced foods offer a slew of unique features that put them in a league of their own for better health. Aside from a pleasingly pronounced and zingy flavor, fermented foods offer the following added benefits: Easier digestibility […]

Onions are uniquely high in prebiotics, the special type of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in our guts. (Remember those good bacteria define your health destiny!) Onions are one of the richest sources of quercetin, a powerhouse phytochemical renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. Onions are almost calorie free, yet revered for their […]

In a recent head-to-head clinical trial that really grabbed my attention, a plant-based diet trounced its competitor for both superior weight loss and enhanced metabolic function. For this study scientists placed 74 diabetic subjects on one of two calorie-restricted diets for a period of six months.  One diet was plant-based consisting of fruits, vegetables, legumes, […]

  To dramatically reduce or even eliminate HCA’s, carcinogens that form on the surface of meats during grilling or broiling, season your meat prior with a liberal dose of black pepper and Italian Seasoning. (I love the big container of McCormick’s brand of Italian Seasoning from Costco.) Antioxidants in the herbs work in tandem with […]

  Breakfast is a delicious time of day and a great opportunity to pack in nutrients that can boost brain health, increase energy and set your whole day off on the right track. One of my favorite morning meals is a breakfast bowl that includes: 1 Scoop Plain Greek Yogurt 1/4 Cup Plain Kefir 1/2 Melted […]

Dark leafy greens are the healthiest foods on the planet. They provide more nutrients per unit calorie than any other food – including 19 different vitamins and minerals and countless disease-fighting phytochemicals all for just 36 calories per cup cooked. They provide protection from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. They help prevent age-related […]

No matter how you slice it, this thirst-quenching, low calorie treat is a reservoir of wholesome goodness. Watermelon is dripping in vitamins A and C that come along with a mother load of the awesome antioxidant lycopene. This terrific trio of nutrients qualifies this summer fruit as a champion food for both cancer protection and […]