Dr. Ann

Evidence is rapidly mounting that junk foods may be truly addicting.  Both in animal and human studies, it seems that ultra palatable foods, especially those high in both fat and sugar (think donuts, milk shakes, cheesecake) can highjack our normal appetite regulatory mechanisms, throwing us into a perpetual cycle of desire and binging. A laboratory study […]

The mineral magnesium is involved in over 300 critical biochemical reactions in the human body, including converting vitamin D into its active form. Unfortunately, low dietary intakes of this mighty mineral are rampant. Limiting processed, industrial foods and replacing them with whole, real foods direct from Mother Earth is a wonderful start. Additionally, make note […]

Past studies have repeatedly identified snacking as a risk factor for weight gain. As such, it was disheartening to learn that Americans are snacking at an all-time high. Based on this evaluation, snacking accounts for a whopping 25% of our daily calories or an average of 580 calories a day! Even more alarming, half of […]

If you are looking for a tasty, healthy, and highly effective way to quiet your hunger and eat less—look to beans. In a placebo-controlled clinical trial that pitted bean-based meals head to head with meat-based meals, beans came out on top. For this study, investigators fed 43 young men three different test meal burgers, each […]

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 […]

This is a great health tip that will get you even more nutritional oomph from your salad veggies. All you have to do is throw in some eggs. Researchers from Purdue University found that when whole eggs (yolks required!) were added to a salad of mixed veggies, the absorption of vitamin E increased up to 4 […]

In a 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, grains, […]

I wanted to share a recipe that my daughter and I threw together as a protein-packed side dish for dinner.  I served it with some Wild Alaskan Salmon and fresh green beans, but it works great alone as a light supper or lunch as well. Edamame & Veggie Extravaganza Serves 6 This is a wonderful recipe to take advantage of […]

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 […]