This has not been a good time for the vitamin industry. A recent story in the New York Times reported that vitamin supplements were not what they seemed. Some were contaminated by rodent poop while others had 200X recommended levels of selenium. And then there were those Ayurvedic supplements which contained potentially harmful levels of lead, mercury and arsenic.
Now in December no less than three studies showed that multivitamin supplements had no health benefits. Research out of Harvard Medical School gave 6000 men over 65 a daily multivitamin pill and measured their brain function. At the end of 12 years, the multi vitamin made no difference in cognitive ability. The much larger US Preventive Service Task Force followed 300,000 men and women who took multi vitamins. The result? No change in heart and … Continue Reading… →
The first thing I learned about peanuts is that they are a type of bean ( legume) rather than a traditional nut eg walnuts. Peanuts have 25% more protein than any nut and are a rich source of niacin, folacin, manganese and phospherous. One half cup of dry roasted peanuts clock in at 24 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber and 0 grams of cholesterol. I was thrilled to learn that peanuts were high in linoleic acid– the oil that is closely linked to fewer lines and wrinkles. That’s the good news. The bad news? Those 24 grams of protein are accompanied by 600 calories, 22 grams of carbs and a whopping 50 grams of fat.
There are three basic forms of peanuts- boiled, dry-roasted and oil roasted. Boiled peanuts … Continue Reading… →
You see them everywhere. On supermarket shelves, near a deli check-out and in cafeterias everywhere, bananas are so common we tend to take them for granted. Bannanas just don’t get the love they deserve. One medium banana has about 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and what surprised me, zero grams of fat. One nana does clock in at 23 grams of carbs, about twice in an average fruit. Bananas are lower in water than other fruits which concentrates the carb content.
But what elevates bananas to nutruitional superstars is the potassium payload– almost 400 mg per serrving. Potassium is essential for regulating heart rate and blodd pressure. Age, exercise and and some medications can deplete potassium leading to irregular heart beats , increased blood pressure, and even stroke. Keep in mind that any … Continue Reading… →
The yellow and rust colors of fall have made me hungry for the sweet, fleshy meat of winter squash. Butternut, crook neck, turban and acorn are shaped differently but offer very similar nutritional payloads. The deep orange color is packed, I mean packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. One half cup of cooked squash can have 100-200% of the RDA for this essential vitamin as well as 25% of the RDA of vitamin C. Fat free and salt free, one half cup has 120 calories and 12 grams of carbs. By comparison, the same amount of a white potato has about 60 calories and the same amount of carbs.
Given the slightly stringy/gritty texture of winter squash I expected squash to be a good source of fiber. I was wrong. In fact … Continue Reading… →
There is something elegant about green beans. Sweet and dainty they seem to the perfect companion to a crisp roast chicken or juicy pink steak. Green beans are used in a wide range of cuisines including french, chinese, italian, english and indian– and I like all of them. Restaurants and banquets love green beans because they can be cooked in advance without going limp and grey.
I was psyched to learn that for such a tastie veggie, green beans had a very respectable anti-aging profile. One cup clocks in at just 31 calories . While they are not high in fiber, the folacin and skin friendly vitamin C levels are impressive. Add about 20% the RDA for vitamin A and a daily serving of green beans adds genuine anti-aging nutrition … Continue Reading… →
True story. I was at a blogger meetup at the HBA, a huge beauty expo, when I was introduced to a very pretty young woman with a popular blog called Aging Backwards. I was a bit put off. What would this young woman know about aging? When she told me her age I was shocked– and impressed. I decided that if she could look like that at her age she certainly knew her stuff. Her blog is now part of the Fashion Flash group and Jackie also co-hosts the The Ageless Sisters, a well-known radio show with Cynthia Rowland — and this week I was delighted to be a guest. The Ageless Sisters asked such great questions that I uploaded the full interview to share it with you. From Invisalign to the new BB creams to the No-Nonsense beauty … Continue Reading… →
I have to admit that when I think of walnuts, I think of chocolate chip cookies, apple crumb pie and fudgy brownies studded with nuts. But all by themselves, walnuts turn out to be a great beauty food. They are high in linoleic acid and fiber– two factors linked to fewer wrinkles. In addition they are high in antioxidants and low in saturated fats. Studies have shown that walnuts lower both cholesterol and C-reactive protein which are two markers for heart disease. All good, but keep in mind that like its other nut cousins, walnuts are pretty high in calories clocking in at almost 400 calories/half cup.
Instead of thinking of walnuts as a baked goods best friend, I now sprinkle walnuts over a green salad, a bowl of … Continue Reading… →