Dr. Ann

Because of the wholesome words commonly used to describe muffin offerings like “bran”, “carrot walnut”, or “cranberry”, these no icing, jumbo cupcakes have a healthier reputation than they deserve. Some come with upwards of 550 calories and ten teaspoons of sugar (which makes a donut seem benign.) Do not be taken by the low-fat options […]

No bones about it – dried plums (prunes) have emerged as an exceptional food for bone health. Researchers have reported that dried plums contain compounds that act as powerful suppressors of bone resorption. Bone resorption occurs as we age and contributes to osteoporosis. The lead scientist has tested numerous fruits over his career and reports that none […]

I recently reviewed all of the studies I had in my files related to dark chocolate, and I am happy to report the following science-based health benefits: Enhances blood flow, including blood flow to the heart and brain Lowers blood pressure Improves the function and health of blood vessels Lowers triglycerides Raises HDL (good) cholesterol […]

Here is my best advice for enjoying the holidays without sabotaging your waistline and your health.   Stay away from the appetite-stimulating “Great White Hazards”. This notorious group of easily digested carb foods including white flour products, white rice, white potatoes, and sugars/sweets make you hungrier.  Holidays are already a dietary pitfall for most and these foods […]

Are you looking for more sweet reasons to include dark chocolate in your diet regularly? If so, you will be pleased to know that a new scientific review of 42 former clinical trials supports my strongly held notion that dark chocolate is truly a healthy dessert. In this new report, several benefits were attributed to […]

Chocolate and dessert lovers rejoice! I have a recipe for a healthy chocolate sundae that will have your mouths watering. 2 scoops of “Purely Decadent” brand coconut milk ice cream (vanilla bean or coconut flavor), smothered with 2 ounces of melted 72% cacao, or higher, dark chocolate (I like Ghiradelli’s “Midnight Reverie”), and topped with […]