Dr. Ann

One of the most common questions I get from consumers is “should I buy organic?” The answer ultimately rests with your pocket book, your feelings towards the environment, and your comfort with pesticide exposure.  Here are the “organic facts” based on the best science to guide you in making an informed decision. Choosing organic is […]

A presentation at the International Association for Dental Research reported for the that the citric acid in sports beverages causes significant tooth enamel erosion compromising tooth integrity and predisposing to fissures and cracks. I consider sports beverages a close cousin to soda and never recommend their use except for those engaging in vigorous physical activity […]

I am frequently queried about nutrition in the realm of athletic performance.  Although the specifics can vary dependent on the type of sport or activity – the broad lessons remain the same and are as follows: By far the single greatest impact from food/diet on an athlete’s  performance derives from day to day nutrition overtime.  Meaning, […]

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the following forms of produce provide the highest pesticide loads. It will be best for your health to buy the organic versions of these fruits and vegetables. Apples Celery Sweet Bell Peppers Peaches Strawberries Spinach Nectarines (imported) Grapes Green Beans Lettuce Cucumbers Blueberries (domestic) Potatoes Stay tuned for […]

As a mother of 4, I know that getting kids to eat their veggies can be a challenge. Here are some tips that have proved effective in my household. Go stealth. Shred veggies (or buy them already shredded) carrots, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, etc. and add to meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, and baked goods like muffins Add canned pumpkin or […]

A “family’s influence” on a child’s nutrition is profound. In a report that included combined data from 17 earlier studies, researchers concluded that children and teens that ate 3 or more meals a week as a family were significantly less likely to be overweight and 20 to 25 percent less likely to eat junk foods and […]

July 10, 2018 • Kids Health

Brain Power in Kids

In a ground-breaking study that I hope grabs everyone’s attention, particularly parents and the education establishment, researchers confirmed that both physical activity and body weight have a decisive impact on how well a child’s brain functions. For this study, researchers carefully assessed cognitive function through a special battery of tests in 45 normal weight kids age […]

Thanks to the researchers from the famed Cornell Food and Brand Lab, we can now take advantage of three proven tactics for boosting the likelihood that we will eat healthily. To uncover these “secrets to healthier eating” the researchers analyzed 112 studies related to healthy eating behavior. After carefully combing through these former studies, the researchers identified […]

March 18, 2017 • Kids Health

Lunches A La Carte

As an alternative to sandwiches or salads, or as accompanying side items, here are some additional wholesome, lunch bag-friendly options. Keep the three basic building blocks (smart proteins, fiber-rich carbs, and a calcium rich food) in mind to put together a winning a la carte lunch. -Finger-friendly or cut up fresh fruit—fresh strawberries or blackberries, […]

March 18, 2017 • Kids Health

Healthy Lunch Box Tips

-Involve your child in the selection and preparation of school lunches. Studies show this enhances healthful eating while saving you time and equipping your child with the “hands on” skills they need to become more independent eaters. -Recognize that color and variety incite eating behavior and use this to your advantage. Instead of a bag […]

A healthy school lunch should always include the following four features: 1) A healthy protein package 2) At least 1 piece of produce — the more the better! 3) A calcium-rich food *Note: these features can certainly overlap. Dr. Ann’s Top Picks Within These 4 Essential Categories: A Healthy Protein Package Sliced lean deli meats […]

In the most powerful study of its kind to date, scientist confirmed a direct link in kids between eating breakfast and scoring higher on standardized tests. For this ground-breaking study, scientists compared the foods consumed over a period of just over 24 hours, which included two breakfast periods, in 5000 9-11 year-olds relative to their […]