What's happening in nutrition news

With an abundance of available nutrition information, it's challenging to keep up with all the new + updated research along with the hot nutrition trends.  To help narrow your focus, I've picked out a few interesting + educational articles for you to read this week.  

1.  Fruits + Veggies || As the seasons change, so do the readily available fresh fruits and vegetables.  But what if you're craving a fruit or veggie that's not in season?  This NY Times article explores the nutritional differences between frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables to help guide your purchasing decisions when faced with these dilemmas.  Hint:  You may be better off with frozen produce when it's out of season!

2.  Activity Trackers || Studies lately have questioned the efficacy of activity trackers in actually changing human behavior (read: do activity trackers make people more active?).  But there's still hope for those of you who made the investment with the desire to get moving!  A new study shows that activity trackers can be useful and effective.  The key is to pair its use with wellness coaching so that you can establish a baseline activity level and then create and achieve goals.  

3.  Portion Distortion || You have a handle on which foods are nutritious and which ones are not, but you are still feeling sluggish or struggling with weight gain. What gives?  It could be your portion sizes!  That fancy avocado toast (that is Instagram-ready!) provides plenty of healthy fats, but may include nearly half of an avocado.  A 50-calorie serving is only 1/5th of an avocado (and that doesn't include the toast!).  Check out what other healthy foods you may be overeating in the Fox News article on portion sizes.  

4.  Saturated Fat || Is it good for your heart? Bad for your heart?  Breaking your heart that you don't know what to do about it?  A recent study found that reducing saturated fat intake (from foods like butter, whole milk, red meats) can help reduce heart disease risk.  However, these results only persist when saturated fats are replaced with polyunsaturated fats (e.g. salmon, sunflower seeds, walnuts), whole grains (e.g. brown rice, oatmeal), or plant proteins (e.g. lentils, beans, edamame).   Basically, don't expect a healthier heart by cutting out saturated fats and replacing them with foods that are low in fat, but high in sugars + starches.  As a general rule, it's best to focus on your overall diet trends rather than one specific nutrient!