Dr. Ann

The food industry has mastered labeling their products in such a way that we are tempted to eat just about anything. Many so-called “health foods” are nothing more than nutritionally defunct, empty calories masquerading as the good guys you want them to be. What follows are the most notorious “health food imposters.” Flavored yogurt products: Although […]

Tomatoes are the most widely consumed non-starchy “veggie” (really a fruit) in America and this is a wonderful thing!  Tomatoes offer a treasure chest of nutrients for boosting your health, but their crown jewel is a super potent antioxidant called lycopene.  Scientists speculate that tomatoes’ rich supply of lycopene is the key factor in the […]

Researchers from the University of Sydney are sounding the alarm regarding a very commonly used food additive called titanium dioxide. Used as a whitening agent, this “nanoparticle” is ubiquitous—making its way into over 900 food and consumer products from chewing gum to mayonnaise. The reason for the concern? After conducting a series of studies on […]

    Any form of cabbage is great for you, but red cabbage is simply stellar.  Like its “green cabbage cousins,” it is super low in calories (only 30 per cup), brimming with nutrients (especially vitamins C, K and A), and turbo charged with some of the most powerful disease protective compounds ever identified in […]

Mushrooms are great for you! They’re super low in calories (20 calories per ½ cup), but high in key nutrients, including B vitamins, copper, potassium, and selenium – it’s wise to get into the health habit of including them regularly in your diet. A little known fact is that mushrooms are also filled with powerful […]

If you are looking for a science-based tactic for choosing the very best fruits and veggies for weight control, keep reading. In an exciting study from researchers at Harvard, scientists found that those consuming the highest levels of a unique category of plant compounds called flavonoids, experienced superior weight control vs. those consuming lesser amounts. […]

Low-fat or non-fat PLAIN yogurt is truly the cream of the dairy crop and a superstar, standout food. Here are 6 great reasons to enjoy it daily. Yogurt provides probiotics (beneficial bacteria) that are fundamental to gastrointestinal health as well as metabolic and immune function. Yogurt provides more calcium than any other food. As an added bonus, […]

Getting lots of dietary potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Here are the foods that provide the most potassium: Blackstrap Molasses Cantaloupe Avocado Beet greens Peaches Prunes Tomato juice Yogurt Snapper Lima beans Salmon Soybeans Swiss chard Apricots Oranges Pumpkin seeds Sweet Potato Banana […]

As even small amounts of excess body fat (especially if deposited in the belly) can boost your risk of a laundry list of deadly diseases – awareness of simple strategies to power up your metabolism can be very healthful.  Simply stated – your metabolism is how many calories you burn for the production of energy […]

Here are 6 great reasons to include edamame, green immature soybeans, in your diet regularly. Unlike most commercially grown soybeans, edamame are not genetically modified. They are one of the very rare forms of plant-based proteins that contain all of the essential amino acids. They are more readily digestible than varieties used for making dried […]

Avocado lovers rejoice! Replacing fresh avocado for refined carbs appears to be a delicious way to reduce hunger, boost fullness and improve blood glucose and insulin levels. For this study researchers had 31 overweight study subjects consume one of three test meals on three separate occasions. All of the test meals contained the same number […]

Want a delicious way to lower your blood pressure? Enjoy some walnuts! Thanks to researchers from Penn State, we now have yet another reason to go nuts for walnuts. For this study researchers placed a group of 45 overweight, adult study subjects on one of three study diets. All of the study diets were low […]