Health Food Trends emerging in 2017

April 3, 2017

We've compiled a list of all the latest health food trends that have been emerging this year!



Drinking vinegars


We all know that drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar is great for us, it improves digestion, reduces heart burn, has detoxifying effects, stabilizes blood sugars, balances pH and a myriad of other benefits.  But the taste for some people is simply too much, and a lot of people simply do not like drinking it.  That is where drinking vinegars have come in to play!  Combining the tart acidity from the vinegar with fruity flavours and billions of probiotics, these drinks can pack a healthy punch!  But it’s not just apple cider vinegar companies are using; some are also using balsamic vinegar and coconut vinegar.





While fermented food and drinks were definitely big in 2016, we think this will only continue to get bigger. Gut health is still a hot topic and people are eating sauerkraut and kimchi and drinking kombucha and water kefir more than ever. Expect to see more fermented items at the grocery store and on menus.



Spirulina as a plant-based protein source


Hemp and pea protein are completely mainstreamed, but spirulina (a blue-green algae) is an amazing protein source that’s been around for years and is making a comeback! This is a serious super food. And I mean super: it packs in more protein per gram than a steak. Spirulina contains rich vegetable protein (60 to 63 %, 3 to 4 times higher than fish or beef ), multi Vitamins (Vitamin B 12 is 3 to 4 times higher than animal liver), which is particularly lacking in a vegetarian diet. It contains a wide range of minerals (including Iron, Potassium, Magnesium Sodium, Phosphorus, Calcium etc.), a high volume of Beta- carotene which protects cells (5 times more than carrots, 40 times more than spinach), high volumes of gamma-Linolein acid (which can reduce cholesterol and prevent heart disease). Further, Spirulina contains Phycocyanin which can only be found in Spirulina.



Jackfruit as a meat alternative


Standing out among the meaty stand-ins: jackfruit. “This is a fruit that hails from Asia,” Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City says. She explains that it’s often used in place of meat because, when cooked, it has a texture that’s strikingly similar to pulled pork.  There are just a few things to keep in mind: Despite its meaty texture, jackfruit isn’t very high in protein, with just 2.8 grams per cup, versus the 20 grams of protein per cup of tofu. So if you are going to be cooking with this fruit, Gorin encourages you to incorporate other protein sources into your recipes. Since it’s a fruit, it also has a decent amount of sugar, so it may not be the meat-alternative you’re looking for if you’re trying to cut back on the sweet stuff.



Inflammation-fighting foods


‘Inflammation’ was without a doubt the buzziest health word on instagram last year.  And with the emergence of the ‘golden latte’ it’s shaping up to be a trending topic for 2017 too.  Avoiding sugar, saturated and trans fats, and refined carbohydrates that cause inflammation and also incorporating foods like turmeric, ginger, green leafy vege’s, berries, fatty fish and a whole host of other anti-inflammatory foods into your diet.  Crafting the perfect anti-inflammatory meal is quite an art



Purple Food


Powerful purple antioxidants are back!  But forget expensive acai bowls, this year think purple cauliflower and purple cabbage.  Rich in antioxidants purple foods can help to lower the risk of heart disease and some cancers, and they’ll brighten up your dinner plate too!  So, look out for purple cauliflower, asparagus, potatoes, rice and even some packaged foods such as cereals and chips.



Food Bowls


Not only do they look great, but they can pack in lots of different types of healthy foods (protein, grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.), can be eaten at different times of the day.  The already popular breakfast bowl concept will continue to evolve and move from sweet smoothie and oatmeal bowls to savoury bowls featuring roasted sweet potatoes, roasted tofu, portobello mushrooms, hot chickpeas and wild rice - perfect for desk side dining!



Activated Charcoal


charcoal is invaluable in a number of ways. It is pure carbon and will adsorb (not absorb, but bind with) over 3,000 known drug residues, pesticides, insecticides and just about every harmful chemical known, thus neutralising them.  By ingesting activated charcoal, this will cleanse and detox your sytem, helping with bloating and digestive function.  Look out for it in everything from cakes, to burgers and even juice!




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