Dr. Ann

The following are the foods to either indulge in or stay away from if you want to keep your eyes healthy. ENJOY: • As many fruits and veggies as possible—aim for 7 or more combined servings a day. • Extra virgin olive oil as your oil of choice • Regular consumption of oily fish—salmon, tuna, […]

The heart-healthy credentials of the Mediterranean pattern of eating received yet another scientific accolade. In a study that carefully monitored the diet and health profiles of 2,500 Greek adults ages 18 to 89, those who most closely followed this delectable way of eating slashed their risk of having a heart attack by 47 percent. For this evaluation, […]

Drinking coffee fits in beautifully with healthy living. That was the energizing conclusion from a massive review analysis that combined the data from 201 previously published studies looking at coffee consumption and health outcomes. Here are the reports “perks” at a glance: A longer life Reduced risk of death from all causes, with heart disease […]

In an “enlightening” scientific study, scientists found that people much prefer the golden glow imparted by eating lots of carotenoid-rich vegetables versus sun-tanned skin.  It is well-known that the yellow/orange/red carotenoid pigments found in produce like sweet potatoes, carrots and tomatoes can build up in your skin if you eat them regularly. In this particular […]

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 […]