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FDA Approves Heart Health Claim for Fresh Hass Avocados T he FDA has announced that fresh Hass avocados now qualify for the "Dietary Saturated Fat and Cholesterol and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease" health claim. In other words, fresh Hass avocados can now be labeled heart-healthy, according to the federal regulations. In addition to avocados, the interim final rule qualifies all raw fruits and vegetables as heart-healthy. Aligning dietary guidance with current nutrition science, the ruling reinforces the large body of science suggesting fruits and vegetables support heart health, including a study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that investigated the potential beneficial effects of eating fresh avocados on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The study demonstrated that participants who incorporated one fresh Hass avocado into the diet daily for five weeks reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol levels more than a moderate fat diet without avocado or a low fat diet without avocado. This ruling confirms that people can choose to eat avocados daily for heart health benefits and underscores the full range of heart health qualities of avocados – they contain naturally good fats and are cholesterol and sodium-free. For more info, visit approves-heart-health-claim-fresh-hass-avocados/ Winter 2017 • Volume 114 5 2017 Food Trends: Nutrition Experts Reveal "Diets" Are Out and "Mindful Eating" Is In P ollock Communications and nutrition trade magazine, Today's Dietitian, released the results of their 5th annual "What's Trending in Nutrition" national food trend survey, which polled over 1,700 registered dietitians (RDs) across the country regarding 2017's big trends in food and eating. Based on the survey, 49% of RDs say that consumers will choose mindful eating over dieting, and 59% say consumers will choose to "eat clean" by looking to consume foods that are less processed; more whole foods, such as veggies, fruits, ancient grains, and green tea; and plant-based proteins like nuts and seeds. In terms of what foods are still topping the coveted Top 10 Superfoods list, the survey shows that nuts and seeds still hold top spots, fermented foods take fourth place, and kale has lost some footing and continues to move down the list in comparison to previous years. Compared to 2016, dietitians report that consumers will be less concerned with foods that are GMO-free, sustainable, or gluten-free—Dietitians attribute this decline in concern to better food label transparency and ingredient deck. In contrast, consumers will be looking for more low-sodium and sugar-free options in 2017. Technology has undoubtedly made shopping for healthier food and losing weight easier. Eighty-four percent of RDs believe that technology is providing new options to help consumers make better food choices and/or eat healthier. New technologies are helping to shape the future of nutrition with 67% of RDs recommending apps, such as MyFitnessPal and the Fitbit App, to plan and track food activity. Unfortunately, for low-income consumers, RDs say that cost, above all other factors including physical health, is the largest barrier when making food purchasing decisions. This often makes healthy eating options out of reach for low income families. RDs recommend increasing affordability and availability of nutritious food in low-income areas to help reduce barriers to healthy eating. Source: Pollock Communications; Today's Dietitian; Dec. 12, 2016 Top 10 Superfoods for 2017 1. Seeds, like chia and hemp 2. Avocado 3. Nuts, like almonds and walnuts 4. Fermented foods like yogurt 5. Ancient grains 6. Kale 7. Green tea 8. Coconut products 9. Exotic fruits 10. Salmon Source: Pollock Communications; Today's Dietitian; Dec. 12, 2016

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