Dr. Ann

Strawberries are visually stunning, scrumptious to eat, and exploding with health-boosting prowess. One cup of strawberries provides over 100% of a day’s requirement for vitamin C along with 12 other essential nutrients. But what really launches this beauty queen of fruit up into the realm of superfood stardom is her antioxidant power. In one recent […]

Over the past two decades, whole grains have garnered a sparkling reputation for broad-spectrum disease protection and a large review of past studies adds further credibility to this wholesome food group. For the review, the researchers selected studies that focused on whole grains and the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. When […]

There are now a host of milk alternatives available in the standard grocer including oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, and almond milk, among others. Although these “milk alternatives” can be a convenient substitute for those who cannot drink cow’s milk or soy milk, they are comparatively nutritional weaklings, particularly in their protein content. 1% […]

Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables nature has given us. It is super low in calories and filled with cancer-fighting agents called isothiocyanates. Purple cabbage has the added benefit of anthocyanin pigments that quiet inflammation too. Here is one of my favorite recipes for this amazing veggie: Black Skillet Red Cabbage Serves 6 This is […]

According to an uplifting study that puts a healthy spin on “mind over matter,” simply ‘thinking’ of yourself as a healthy eater can make it a reality. For this study scientists were interested in testing the concept of ‘self as doer’, which links personal identity with behaviors. Meaning, the more a person mentally identifies himself […]

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 […]

Although it contains “sugar,” molasses also provides an impressive array of “healthy” goodies that give it a huge nutritional edge over other sweeteners. This bold and robust natural sweetener is chock full of health-boosting antioxidants and minerals. A single tablespoon provides over 35% of the daily value for manganese and copper and about 20% of […]

A great way to steer away from eating unhealthy foods is to keep them out of your home! Studies show “out of sight, out of mind” really works. On the contrary, having healthy foods readily visible increases consumption. Here are a few staples that can always be found in my fridge. Not only are they incredible […]

Mushrooms are great for you! 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 habit of including them regularly in your diet.  A little known fact is that mushrooms are particularly high in antioxidants. According to […]

Do you eat your dinner late at night? If yes, you would be wise to dine earlier. In one of the most detailed studies to date, scientists found that consuming a later dinner leads to significantly higher blood sugar levels as well as less fat burning during the night. For this evaluation scientists carefully monitored […]

When it comes to the risk of dementia, it appears your thoughts matter. That was the eye-opening conclusion of a provocative new study published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia. For this study scientists carefully measured the cognitive function of 292 middle-age to older study subjects over a four-year period. The cognitive assessments included measures of memory, […]

What we eat and how we sleep are linked. That was the conclusion from a study evaluating diet and insomnia status in a large group of post-menopausal women. For this study 53,069 women kept food diaries and reported their sleep status at baseline and at the end of three years. The results? Women who consumed […]