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15-20% of older adults will experience a significant decrease in their cognitive abilities and 1 in 3 seniors will die with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, your diet can play a very active role in preventing it. Research has shown that the MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) is an effective way to prevent the development of the disease. …Read More

Understanding Claims on Food Labels

For many of us who read food labels during our shopping trips, we are often drawn to cause one product over another based on the claims written on the labels. Although we may think that we understand what these claims mean, lets take a moment to ask ourselves if we truly do understand what they mean. Lets decode some of the most common food claims:  100% Organic- contains 100% …Read More

Coffee: Good or Bad?

Is coffee good for us? Bad for us? Chances are you are hearing both pros and cons on this topic, so let’s go through what is known. Pro’s: For those of us who swear by our morning cup of coffee, there is some science on our side. Caffeine can be an effective way to both increase our alertness and elevate our mood. Studies on athletic performance has yielded results that …Read More

The Benefits of Chocolate

Don’t you just love it when something that you enjoy eating turns out to actually be good for you? Well, that has come true for me and for my appreciation for dark chocolate. First, and this was about a decade ago, I found about chocolate’s ability to lower blood pressure and to raise one’s mood. I have often recommended dark chocolate to my patients who suffered from a sweet tooth …Read More

Foods for Better Sex

You have often heard me refer to food as medicine in my blog posts. Food can be used to treat many conditions. However, this does not only have to be applied to your physical health, but also your sex life! There have always been many claims made about foods being aphrodisiacs, and now there are 7 foods that have modern science backing up their claims: 1) Avocados: Avocados are rich …Read More

How to Really Get Rid of Belly Fat (P.S. It’s Not Which Diet You Choose)

Don’t count on the latest diet to shrink an expanding waistline. Belly fat is stubborn and unlike fat in the thighs, buttocks and hips, which visibly diminishes when you cut calories, belly fat tends to stick around. Beneath the subcutaneous fat that you can pinch with your fingers, fat deep in the abdomen, or visceral fat, secretes inflammatory substances that increase the risk for heart attack, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, even if you’re not …Read More

Should I Eat Soy Food?

Should You Eat Soy Foods? Over the past few years, soy seems to have gone from the best food one can eat to the worst. According to soy opponents, tofu causes everything from birth defects to pancreatic cancer. It’s no wonder that people are concerned and confused. In my opinion, there is a great deal of fear-mongering as well as inaccurate (and one-sided) interpretation of studies. Hundreds of reports in …Read More

Something Fishy about Colleges

It was delightful to learn that many local colleges are using and educating students about sustainable fish. There are some species that are at dangerously low levels, while other lesser know fish are in ample supply. For example, last fall, with help from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, UMass Amherst executive director of auxiliary enterprises Ken Toong and his management team started buying more local seafood. “It’s the right …Read More

Add Spice to Your Life

Spices are absolutely wonderful, and can help make a dramatic difference – adding both flavor and health benefits to your food. While we tend to think of spices as a way to add flavor to food, they also have many healthful properties. One study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods, found a direct correlation between the antioxidant phenol content of extracts of spices and herbs, and their ability to …Read More

Sweet Potatoes

The superfood of the month is sweet potatoes. I like recommending sweet potatoes to my clients because they have a much lower glycemic index, which means they don’t become blood sugar as quickly as white potatoes.  They are also rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E  which is not present in too many foods. In addition they contain fiber, high amounts of potassium, calcium, and other minerals as well.  They …Read More