What is ORAC?

A client recently asked me what ORAC meant, because she had read it in several health articles discussing antioxidants in fruits and vegetables. Here’s my answer. ORAC or the oxygen radical absorbance capacity measures the free radical destroying potential of a particular food. Based on a 100 gram (about 3 ounces) portion, here’s the ranking of the top 10 fruits, the top 10 vegetables, and two surprise foods:

Three Other Pieces to the Weight Loss Puzzle

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? The usual recommendations are to reduce calories and increase exercise. Yes, those work, and there are at least 10 other pieces to the puzzle of weight loss. Here are just three: Surveys show that 25% of people skip breakfast, perhaps because they are not hungry… Read more »

Healthy And Delicious Watermelon

A friend once asked me: “If you were stranded on an island and could only have three foods and all foods were equally nutritious, which three foods would you choose?” I wasn’t sure about the other two, but my favorite food is definitely watermelon. Watermelon is a great cooling food on a hot summer’s day…. Read more »

One More Reason to Eat Broccoli or Wasabi

All natural foods reduce cancer risk It’s well known that the cabbage family foods are protective against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer, but here’s one more study that confirms what our mom’s told us: EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! A new study in rats reports that sulforaphane, helps keep the blood-brain barrier intact from brain… Read more »

Dem Bones, Dem Bones

Research on vitamin D demonstrates that optimizing vitamin D is as effective as commercial medications. So is regular exercise!