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”

Salmon: Go Wild For Your Heart Health

Doctors used to be perplexed by an apparent paradox: Eskimos and Inuit tribes (who haven’t been lured by the typical Western diet) have an extremely low rate of heart disease, despite eating foods that are high in fat and cholesterol. Studies revealed that a secret that revolutionizing scientific thinking about how to avoid plaque in the arteries: the Eskimos’ diet was rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon (and other cold-water … Continue reading “Salmon: Go Wild For Your Heart Health”

A Dream Diet: Foods that Help You Sleep

What you eat can play a surprisingly big role in how well you sleep, according to a new study by the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. The study was the first to link specific nutrients to short or long sleep duration—and also found that people who consume a large variety of foods had the healthiest slumber patterns. In my lectures and Omni Diet classes, I frequently point … Continue reading “A Dream Diet: Foods that Help You Sleep”

Tana’s Pantry

Dear Amen Clinic Subscribers, Welcome to a special introductory issue of our new free weekly newsletter, Tana’s Pantry, a celebration of healing foods and delicious recipes that will delight your taste buds, boost your health and help you lose up to 12 pounds in two weeks. Centuries ago, Hippocrates wrote, “Let food be thy medicine.” A multitude of studies show that the choices you make at the grocery store can … Continue reading “Tana’s Pantry”

The Surprising Science of Chicken Soup

A hot bowl of chicken soup has long been a popular home remedy for what ails us. But can it actually cure a cold or the flu? Several scientific studies show that the delicious comfort food really can have medicinal benefits. Research shows that chicken soup is packed with healthy compounds that reduce inflammation, a problem believed to contribute to cold symptoms. An intriguing new study reports that one of … Continue reading “The Surprising Science of Chicken Soup”

Foods That Fight Heart Disease

My husband often says, “What’s good for your heart, is good for your brain.” At the Amen Clinics we treat the whole person. February marks American Heart Month, dedicated to the fight against the disease that kills more men and women than all forms of cancer combined. In fact, heart disease claims the lives of one in three Americans. Yet almost all heart attacks and strokes are potentially preventable. Along … Continue reading “Foods That Fight Heart Disease”