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… →
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… →
I so wish there was a nutritional supplement I could take that would make my skin smooth, soft and radiant. But the links between beautiful skin and nutrition are more complex than that. The NHANES study looked at the relationship between health and diet and found that people whose diets were higher in vitamin C, fiber, protein and linoleic acid looked younger and had fewer wrinkles. But these benefits were only there when the nutrients were from actual food– not where people took supplements. I know first hand how hard it is to find healthy food in a world dominated by burgers, tacos, pizza and take-out chinese food. At lunchtime, I’ve walked for blocks with a rumbling tummy trying to find a quick bite that wouldn’t shorten my lifespan. A multi-vitamin supplement can cover my dietary shortfalls but won’t really give me the … 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… →
This week host of Fashion Flash is Jodell of Black Cat Plus who has a review of new lingerie that combines the control of the old-fashioned corset with the comfort of modern shapewear. She actually road tested the new shapewear for an entire day and evening which can be a very long time to be in shapewear– and its a review you can trust.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminding me that five close friends in the past three years have been diagnosed with cancer. While smoking, alcohol and environmental issues certainly play a role, peer-reviewed studies believe that 30% of cancer risk is related to diet. The NHANES study which I use as a source of info for the role of diet and skin aging found sigificant connections between daily diet and … Continue Reading… →
Yesterday was the first day of fall– and nothing says fall like a ripe juicy pear. These beauties provide hydration and if you eat the skin, a nice serving of both fiber and vitamin C. In fact one pear provide 4 grams of fiber at the cost of just 95 calories. By comparison 1/2 cup of cooked beans ( famous for their fiber) have 6 grams of fiber at 150 calories.
All pears eg Anjou, Bosc, Bartlett, and Comice share the same nutritional profiles. Most of the nutritional payload in pears is in the skin, so canned and cooked pears don’t have the same anti-aging benefits.
Selecting the perfect pear can be a bit challenging. A ripe pear is very fragile so they are always taken off the tree when … Continue Reading… →
Its Fashion Flash Monday and this weeks’s host is Jodell of Black Cat Plus. Today she is featuring Simply Silk, an online-label that has a totally useable collection of simple tunics and pants topped with eye-catching tops. The Glam Gals at Fabulous After Forty are exploring how to wear summer white. I’ve bought several white pieces, but felt I looked huge, like a nurse or like a huge nurse. Now I get it– just add color! Hot AND exhausted? Over at Menopause Makeover, Staness offers great tips on dealing with sleep problems during menopause.
Now that bare arms season is here for real, I am especially aware of what I eat. This week, I looked at The South Beach Diet. I am really impressed by the design of this plan for three key reasons:
In recent days it has been hard to pick up a newspaper or read online headlines without another troubling story about deadly food poisoning in Europe. Each day the experts identify another possible culprit. One day its killer cucumbers. The next day fingers were pointed at tomatoes. For a few days, they were sure it was bean sprouts. Now conventional wisdom is pointing at salads in general and some officials in Europe are recommending to stay away from tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. That’s not good news. Fresh fruits and vegetables are just what studies like the NHANES have shown to be linked to younger skin and fewer wrinkles.
But the current outbreak is troubling for two key reasons–1) Its caused by a genetic recombination of two different types of … Continue Reading… →