The Beauty of Peanuts

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…

Diet for Beauty– Day One

Its  hard to open up a health or beauty magazine without an article that links diet and beautiful skin.  While its certainly a no-brainer that what we eat affects how we look I want substantive claims that directly link good nutrition  to smooth younger looking skin.   

Some of the best evidence comes from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, aka  the NHANES study.  This  long ( ten year), large  (17K  men and women) study  compared daily food intake with a wide range of health issues including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  But what makes this a must  keep study for me is the relationship they studied between diet and wrinkles.  To bottom line it, the NHANES found that  people on diets  high in protein, fiber, vitamin C, linoleic acid and … Continue Reading…

Walnuts- The Anti-Aging Nuts

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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover.   I love her blog for its  healthy delicious recipes and her down to earth advice.  She was one of the most popular experts at  Beauty Bash and  she had over 40 back to back consultations  over the two day event. It was the first time I met Staness and she  is beautiful, warm and super smart.  Her site always the latest info on woman’s health issues and its facts you can trust.

And when you’ve clicked through all the great Fashion Flash sites,  check out The Flat Belly Book by Liz Vaccariello who  is editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine. This best selling diet book offers nutritional dvice to reduce  belly fat.  All good, but what I like about this eating plan is … Continue Reading…

Its Vegetarian Awareness Month !

While most skin care experts I know are concerned that a strict vegan diet  is too low in  protein for the body’s growth and repair, a vegetarian  diet with eggs and dairy products  can be an express train for great health and beautiful skin.  But not all vegetables are equal and  during Vegetarian Awareness Month, I want to  look at  the best choices–  and its the perfect season to do it.  The  markets are bursting with a beautiful harvest in gorgeous colors.  Turns out that the deeper jewel colored fruits and veggies  like blueberrries, figs and eggplant are rich is an awesomely powerful class of antioxidants called anthocyanidins.

Anthocyanidins are found in fruits and vegetables with deep red, blue, and purple colors. Not only do they protect  the body from the effect of free-radicals, laboratory studies  … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash is  Shawna  of Female Fat Loss after 40.  And  I am so delighted to announce  Fab Over Fifty has joined Fashion Flash.  If you’ve never visited   this site, you’re  in for a real treat.  It is a large, beautiful site  that offers daily advice in a wide range of subjects  including health, beauty,  diet, fitness finance, travel– all aimed at  women  who no longer have to do homework.  She has  the biggest crew of highly qualified  experts on the web and if you have a question, this is the place to go.

This week I looked at The Dukan Diet Book, the current “diet du jour”. The book has been appearing on  best sellers lists for more than a year.  Created by Dr Pierre Dukan, a Parisian physician, the  book  … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Shoe sluts unite!  That’s the battle cry of  Shoedish who is  hosting Fashion Flash today.  This week the site is looking  ahead to what’s new in flip flops. It cold and rainy today, but reading Shoedish makes me  believe that flip flop seson is just around the corner.  When it stops raining, I’m going shoe shopping.

At No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I’ve been getting alot of comments  about my post on vegetarians and skin care. A new study showed that  vegetarians  had  more wrinkles.  It didn’t make sense.  For example,  studies have shown that higher vitamin C levels are linked to fewer wrinkles and vegetarian diets are so high in  “C”  its ridonkulus.  In addition   veggie based  diets are lower in fat and higher in nuts–two proven anti- wrinkle factors.  I’m trying to sort out  the data and comparing different … Continue Reading…

Do Vegetarians Have More Wrinkles?

March is National Nutrition Month and I have vowed to eat at least 5 servings of  fruits and vegetables a day.  Its the minimum that most dietary  guidelines recommend and I can certainly see why.  Fruits and veggies are the source for anti-oxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, and then there is their all important fiber content. I was then stunned to  read  new study which found that vegetarians  had more wrinkles than  peple who ate everything. ???

How could that be?  The NHANES study showed that higher vitamin C levels and lower fat intake was associated with firmer, younger looking skin.   Vegetarians  usually eat lots of nuts which are rich in linoleic acid and linoleic acid  was also a key  factor  in fewer wrinkles. Drilling deeper into the topic, … Continue Reading…