Proof that preventing disease doesn’t require deprivation

I know I talk a lot about eliminating sugar from your diet. If you want to stay healthy, it’s just a non-negotiable fact.

But honestly, I prefer to focus on what you can eat. Which is precisely why studies like this one always make my day.

New research published in the Journal of Nutrition surveyed 2,000 women on their daily flavonoid intake. This was the largest study yet to examine the disease-fighting power of food.

And lo and behold. Results showed that a diet rich in flavones and anthocyanins–the same compounds that give fruits and vegetables their bright colors–can lower insulin resistance and improve blood sugar control.

But that’s not all. It can also slash inflammation levels. And as I’ve explained many times before, inflammation is a major smoking gun behind every chronic, deadly disease in the book.

So go ahead and eat well–you have my permission. Sit down with a bowl of strawberries. Cook with fresh herbs by the handful. And by all means, indulge in some rich, dark chocolate whenever you have the chance. (The darker the better, of course.)

Because these anthocyanin-packed foods aren’t just delicious. They’ll beat back disease with every bite, too.


“Intakes of Anthocyanins and Flavones Are Associated with Biomarkers of Insulin Resistance and Inflammation in Women.” J Nutr. 2014 Feb;144(2):202-8.