Tana talks about the Omni Diet on the Today Show

Tana Amen, creator of the Omni Diet, explains the 70 percent plant and 30 percent animal protein-based plan that she says can help you lose weight, reverse disease, and change your life, and TODAY nutrition editor Madelyn Fernstrom gives her take on the diet.

Macadamia Oil: The Power Food from Paradise

Some dietary superstars outshine other foods for both their nutritional content and the wondrous things they do for your health. These traditional plant-based cures have been dubbed “superfoods” or “nutraceuticals” due to their medicinal properties, but I call them Omni NutriPower foods. Not only do macadamia nuts have a delightfully crunchy, creamy flavor, but their oil ranks as a true nutripower food. It enlivens salad greens with a rich, nutty … Continue reading “Macadamia Oil: The Power Food from Paradise”

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Even The Aroma Aids Weight Control

One of the most ancient healing foods, olive oil was so prized by the ancient Greeks that Homer called it “liquid gold.” Study after study has uncovered a treasure trove of health benefits, from quelling inflammation to protecting against heart disease and even cancer. Not only is extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, but even smelling its aroma has surprising weight-control benefits, according to a new study … Continue reading “Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Even The Aroma Aids Weight Control”

Nuts: An Amazing Nutritional Powerhouse

In the study, the group that ate extra nuts consumed a mix of walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts. Several other recent studies also show that nuts have powerful medicinal benefits (when eaten as part of an overall healthy diet), including these five: Pistachios lower blood pressure and improve blood vessel function, Pennsylvania State University researchers reported in a 2012 study. An earlier study also found that the tasty nuggets help lower … Continue reading “Nuts: An Amazing Nutritional Powerhouse”

Walnuts: The World’s Healthiest Nut

Delicious news: Walnuts are packed with nearly twice as much disease-fighting antioxidants than any other type of nut, according to an analysis presented at a recent scientific conference. What’s more, the antioxidants in walnuts are up to 15 times more potent than vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant vitamin that protects against health-harming free radical damage). Scientists around the world have linked the tasty nibbles with an amazing array of health … Continue reading “Walnuts: The World’s Healthiest Nut”

Organic Tomatoes: Tastier and Healthier

Here’s yet another reason to buy organic tomatoes. Not only are they free of noxious pesticides, but the succulent red fruit also tastes better and is more nutritiously than its conventionally cultivated counterparts, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers compared organic and conventional field-grown tomatoes from Brazilian farms less than a mile apart. Even though the organic tomatoes were about 40 percent smaller … Continue reading “Organic Tomatoes: Tastier and Healthier”

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”