Dr. Nicole Avena Explains Popular 2019 Nutrition Trends and Fads

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Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Visiting Professor of Health Psychology at Princeton University, answers what consumers might not know about today’s most popular health & nutrition trends. “The health and wellness category has expanded so much in recent years, from sustainable snacks to new plant-based milks, to a plethora of prebiotics and probiotics to choose from–it can definitely become confusing to consumers” says Avena. “It’s important to clarify those confusions so that people can make the most informed, healthy choices for themselves!” Below, Dr. Avena explains popular nutrition trends:  

• When it comes to a caffeine buzz, choose matcha over coffee. A premium green tea powder from Japan, matcha is used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. While coffee and matcha have about the same amount of caffeine, matcha packs lots of great antioxidants. Make sure to check the label to make sure it has been tested for heavy metals, as some matcha can contain lead from the soil it was grown.

• Algae oil trumps both fish oil and olive oil. Algae oil is vegetarian and a source of omega-3s and DHA (good fats to support brain health). Algae oil is safe to use in pregnancy (when eating too much fish can be harmful because of mercury), and is heart healthy (studies show it lowers cholesterol and triglycerides). It also has more monosaturated fat than olive oil.

• Folate is essential in a prenatal vitamin. The nutrients in your prenatal vitamins are essential pre and postpartum, especially if you are breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor about a prescription prenatal vitamin like OB Complete with 1000 mcg of folate and the right amount of vitamin D and calcium.

• Gummy vitamins are just as effective as pills and chewables. Look for gummy vites that have no artificial flavors or sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, gelatin or dairy and absolutely no synthetic dyes like vitafusion that actually performed clinical tests to prove their absorption.

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