Surprising Foods That Make You Happy

Here’s a reason to eat more fruits and vegetables that you probably never heard before: Doing so can make you happier, according to new research. Scientists from Dartmouth College and the University of Warwick analyzed the eating habits and mental health of more than 80,000 people. The study found that psychological well-being rose with the number of daily servings of fruits and veggies the participants ate. The researchers reported that … Continue reading “Surprising Foods That Make You Happy”

Health-Boosting Beverages

As you’ll learn from my book, food is one of the most powerful—and ancient—medicines. The right diet can cool the fires of inflammation and actually repair your DNA to combat genetic risks. Certain beverages also have potent health benefits, including these: Raw cacao. In its raw form, chocolate (cacao) has a bold, deep, earthy taste. It contains impressive amounts of antioxidants, which help reduce risk for heart disease, premature aging, … Continue reading “Health-Boosting Beverages”

Raw Cacoa: The Food of the Gods

Here’s delicious news that will make your heart rejoice: the raw form of chocolate (cacao) has a host of health benefits, including reducing risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). What’s more, it contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than do such “superfruits” as blueberries, cranberries, and acai, according to a study published in Chemistry Central Journal. One of the most ancient medicinal foods, raw cacao (spelled cocoa in the US) come from cacao … Continue reading “Raw Cacoa: The Food of the Gods”

Fiber Power: The Secret of Long Life

If a medicine that protected against heart disease, diabetes, several types of cancer, and early death was invented, we’d call it a miracle cure. The good news is that there’s already a food cure that does all of these things: dietary fiber, the edible part of plants that resists digestion. Men who eat the most fiber are 56 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and respiratory … Continue reading “Fiber Power: The Secret of Long Life”

Eat the Rainbow

How would you like to lose up to 12 pounds in two weeks, slash your risk for chronic disease—and rev up your energy level? In my upcoming book, The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% Plant + 30% Percent Protein to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever, I reveal how to achieve all of these goals and more, simply by eating tasty, wholesome foods that help … Continue reading “Eat the Rainbow”

Buffalo (Bison): The Healthy Red Meat

Don’t be buffaloed into thinking all red meat is packed with artery-clogging bad fat. Here’s the truth: Industrial-raised meat—such as the cheaper cuts at the grocery—is 30% higher in palmitic acid (a type of saturated fat) than grass-fed, organic meat (the healthiest choice). Buffalo meat is a favorite in the Amen household because it’s the leaner, healthier, and extremely tasty red meat choice. With just 200 calories per 3-ounce serving, … Continue reading “Buffalo (Bison): The Healthy Red Meat”

Pomegranate: A Surprising Superfood For Sleep

As I report in my food blog, an intriguing new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers has pinpointed specific nutrients that are key to optimal sleep. One surprising finding was that people with the healthiest sleep pattern (averaging 7 to 8 hours per night) consumed more vitamin C than those who got the least sleep (less than 5 hours). Pomegranate seeds and juice rank as one of my favorite sources … Continue reading “Pomegranate: A Surprising Superfood For Sleep”

The Scary New Milk Ingredient—Artificial Sweeteners

Here’s yet another reason to dump dairy: The industry that produces it wants to sell you artificially sweetened milk—without any special labeling to warn you. In a shocking—and highly controversial–petition now being considered by the FDA, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) hopes to change the definition of “milk”—and 17 other dairy products—to permit chemical sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose to be used … Continue reading “The Scary New Milk Ingredient—Artificial Sweeteners”