By Panchali Moitra
From chart bursting ancient grains, wild herbs and innovative snacks to unique cooking techniques and grocery shopping experiences, food trends pop up each year: some bizarre, some promising and some plain ridiculous.
Go ahead and Jump on the ‘in vogue’ healthy bandwagon as we list down the 8 latest food trends that have been around for a while and are here to stay for long. Bet on these buzzing food trends for they are delicious, healthy and worth the every penny spent on.
1. Get Real– Switching to unprocessed whole foods from refined and processed foods is a winner food trend. The rationale is simple- Whole foods such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, unsalted and raw nuts, unprocessed meats and poultry, dairy and sprouted beans are loaded with many health promoting nutrients and devoid of unhealthy additives. Most foods that we find in packages, cans, bottles or ready to eat tetra paks come under ‘processed foods’ category. They are best avoided.
2. The Kale Buzz– Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage possess anti-cancer, anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. Whether trending or not, these low cal vegetables are rich in fibre, vitamin B, C and calcium and must be a part of our weekly menu.
3. Probiotic Power– The science behind probiotic power is more than a latest food trend. Eating probiotic containing foods like live cultured yogurts, fermented vegetables, kefir or kimchi are studied to improve digestive health, boost immunity, prevent respiratory and urinary infections and even impart glowing skin.
4. Eat Local- Eating locally grown foods over ‘factory’ manufactured foods has witnessed an upward trend recently. Besides being great for the environment and economy, the local produce are fresher, tastier and healthier. Choose organic produce to reap more health benefits.
5. Gluten free Foods– Considering a complete gluten free diet may be necessary for people having wheat intolerance or Celiac disease. For others, this popular food trend is a legitimate pretext to avoid gluten containing processed and oily foods. The right combination of gluten free foods, including brown rice, starchy vegetables, fresh fruits and nuts as a part of a balanced diet plan may prove beneficial to lose weight, fight heart diseases and ward away infections.
6. Seedy Delight-Rich in healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamin A and E and minerals such as zinc, magnesium, iron and selenium; seeds are the latest to board the smart snack bus. Pumpkin, chia seeds, sesame, flaxseeds or sunflower seeds- the choices are many and so are disease preventing attributes. Just be cautious about the portion size (not more than a handful a day) as they can be calorie dense.
7. Quinoa – Beloved classics like quinoa and new kid in the block, ‘freekah’ have morphed beautifully into nutritious ‘on the go’ foods. A great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber and slow-release carbohydrate, quinoa is gluten free and deserves every bit of the attention it has drawn. Easy to prepare and versatile, both quinoa and freekah make for perfect cholesterol cutting and weight loss tools. Enjoy them as porridge, pudding or as a perfect add on to your favorite dish.
8. Fresh and Green juices – The big move from caffeinated energy drinks and carbonated beverages to freshly prepared vegetable juices is a healthy and ‘desirable’ food trend. Juicing is an excellent way to spruce up vegetable consumption in a diet.Researchers claim juicing vegetables eliminates toxins, prevents cancer risk and aids in weight loss and better digestion. Try to include some of the fibrous pulp in your green juice and drink within 20 minutes of juicing to extract extra nutrient power.
Go crazy for these latest superstar food trends and your diet will drift towards a tastier, healthier path. Food trends, diet craze or latest weight loss regimes: let legitimate science, good health and common sense dictate your dietary choices rather than celebrity endorsements.