With Hannukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/New Year’s waiting in the wings, this month is one where the striking the balance between healthy-living and living like a champion is more difficult to strike than ever. In our mind, the key is stay informed and make smart choices, without getting too obsessive about diets or health scares. Use this nutrition highlights from the past week to stay on the pulse, but don’t deny yourself a little holiday decadence:

  • Reuters: A new study disproves the common diet tip saying you should load up on fruits and veggies before a meal to quell hunger. Research participants reported little to no feeling of satisfaction. In cases when juice was given before a meal, the subjects gained weight instead. Bottom-line: calories are calories, and they add up.
  • US News & World Report: For all the benefits of red wine, the antioxidant resveratrol was found to have little positive effect on the level of “insulin sensitivity or heart health in obese men.”
  • Time: The FDA suspended the registration of the processing plant that brought us salmonella-tainted peanut butter. Now, in order to re-open, Sunland must prove its facilities are clean.
  • Today Health: Check out eight straightforward tips masked as “sneaky tricks” to help get your waistline right, including eating in ambient lighting, sleeping more, and drinking your alcohol straight-up.
  • ABC News: It takes more than an apple to keep the doctor away. Add a papaya, cranberries, grapefruit, and bananas, then you might stand a fighting chance against the flu.