Dr. Ann

The stunning blue to purple hues in plant-based foods come from a special class of plant pigments called anthocyanins. In the lab, anthocyanins exhibit dazzling anti-inflammatory power, but studies in real people have been lacking. In one of the very first large-scale studies in human subjects, these potent plant-based compounds displayed great promise for improving […]

Sometimes we found ourselves facing buffet lines tempting us with a vast assortment of calorie-loaded, not-so-good-for-us choices. An intriguing study from Cornell University offers a super-simple strategy for successfully navigating bountiful buffets without wrecking your waistline and your health. According to their carefully conducted studies, we are much more likely to select the food items […]

Nuts are off-the-charts for disease protection and for taste. Here are 5 great reasons to eat them daily: Better weight control Cardiovascular protection Improved metabolic health Vision protection Longevity (longer life) I eat nuts as a snack, and I also love to add them to breakfasts or salads like this one! Plum, Cucumber, and Spinach Salad […]

The total number of known chemicals used intentionally in the packaging, storage, and processing of our foods exceeds 4,000 and the standard toxicology analysis required to be performed on them does not evaluate their capacity to disrupt our hormones.  So play it safe and eat Mother Nature’s REAL foods and avoid man-made processed foods.  (Epidemiology […]

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 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 percent […]

Chronic inflammation is now broadly recognized as the key driver of almost all chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and even some cancers. Thankfully, the evidence is piling up that diet, in particular, plant-based polyphenols can be a powerful antidote. In a study that sought to evaluate the relative potency of various polyphenols for stifling inflammation, […]

Garlic, onions, and shallots are some of my favorite culinary gems! Use more garlic, onions, and shallots in your cooking as an easy way to boost their healthfulness, flavor, and mouthfeel. These essentially zero-calorie foods are super high in beneficial plant compounds including a unique group known as kokumi substances. Kokumi agents enhance food’s natural […]

Soluble fiber is great for you! This indigestible form of plant carbohydrate has many health benefits including lowering cholesterol, stabilizing insulin and glucose levels, promoting satiety, and protecting against belly fat accumulation. Here are the foods that provide the most soluble fiber: Beans (any variety) Peas Barley Flax seeds Chia seeds Oats Oat Bran Avocado Carrots […]

Polyphenols are a large family of plant-based compounds that offer a dazzling list of potential health benefits. The following foods provide the most polyphenols per serving. (They are in order) Currants Artichoke hearts Filtered coffee Cherries Berries Plums Flaxseeds Dark chocolate Black tea Green tea Apples Red wine Black olives Spinach Pecans Black beans Red […]

Resveratrol, the powerful antioxidant in red wine, has become somewhat of a wonder compound in the laboratory with studies linking it with a host of remarkable benefits from cancer prevention to slowing the aging process.  Unfortunately, resveratrol is very poorly absorbed once it enters the gastrointestinal tract, but research has shown that it can be […]

Fermented foods are rapidly garnering rock star status for a number of reasons, and kefir is one that everyone should know about. This “drinkable yogurt” offers all the goodness in dairy – complete protein, calcium, vitamin D, B-vitamins, zinc and potassium along with a huge dose (up to 200 billion plus per serving – that’s […]

Wholesale grocers are a great place to stock up on super-nutritious staples for a good bargain. Here are my Costco favorites: Kirkland’s Extra Fancy Mixed Nuts Bunny Love Organic Carrots Rice Select Organic Texmati Brown Rice Earthbound Farms Organic Baby Spinach Earthbound Farms Organic Baby Mesclun Greens Kirkland’s Organic Soy Milk Mara Natha Almond Butter […]