Check out the the top ten health trends for the new year.
Back before foodies, chefs or nutrition experts attained star status, “trends”
were reserved for fashion magazines. Now that we’re just as concerned
with what’s on our plates as what we’re wearing, the “in”
list of foods for 2018 is getting attention. For those who want their
palates to be on-point for 2018, here’s the latest on what’s
trending this new year:
Turmeric – If you love Indian food, you’re in for a treat. Turmeric,
which is primarily found in Indian food, is the new “it” spice.
Recent students have found that turmeric contains bio active compounds
that aid digestion, is an anti-inflammatory, acts as an antibacterial
agent and may even fight cancer. There’s also evidence that it helps
lower cholesterol and assists with liver function. And, just for good
measure, it’s traditionally a spice for improving fertility. If
you want to add turmeric to your own cooking, be careful. With its slightly
bitter taste, it can overpower a dish. The best way to release turmeric’s
delicate flavor is to use small amounts, first sautéing it in hot
oil for a few seconds.
Fermented Foods - Fermented foods are traditionally an acquired taste, but if you love
pickled cabbage and cucumbers, miso soup or even yogurt, you’re
in luck. Fermented foods are said to contain
probiotics which boost digestion, as well as help increase energy levels. These foods
are also being adopted by those who want to lose weight because of the
way that they help make digestion more efficient.
Anything Related to Gut Health – There’s been a lot of focus on gut health, which impacts
immunity, efficient digestion and even mental health. Fermented foods
that contain probiotics (see above) are key, but so are green leafy vegetables
and fiber-rich foods. You also want to gravitate toward ingredients that
relieve gas and soothe the intestinal lining, like caraway, cardamom,
cinnamon, cumin, fennel, ginger, mint, nutmeg and oatmeal.
Chaga Mushrooms – Although it should go under
foods related to gut health, we’re calling out this one as an unknown but rising star for digestive
health. Chaga mushrooms are found in Russia and have been used in folk
medicine for many ailments throughout northern Europe. They help with
gut irritation and strengthen the immune system. The good thing for cooks
is that they’re also very versatile and can be used for a variety
Charcoal Infused Drinks – This isn’t what you put in your barbecue grill. It’s
charcoal that’s processed and is ultra-absorbent with tiny sponge-like
pores that are meant to suck up toxins when they hit your digestive tract.
It’s used a detoxer more than a food, and some people say it makes
them feel super-energized, although others claim it’s not exactly
don't brush your teeth with it.
Grandma’s Apple Cider Vinegar – There’s nothing new about drinking
apple cider vinegar, which may have been a favorite from your grandparents’ day. The
new trend focuses on the drink’s positive effect on blood lipid
levels, which is great for cardiovascular health. Also, because apple
cider vinegar often contains high levels of acetic acid, it may also assist
with cognitive functioning.
Cassava Flour – Popular in Asia and South America, cassava flour (also known as
yucca) comes from a root vegetable, so it’s grain-free, nut-free
and gluten-free. Many people like baking with cassava flour because it
doesn’t have the sour taste or smell of some sprouted grain flours.
Root-to-Leaf Cooking – Nose-to-tail cooking that uses many overlooked animal parts is
popular among today’s chefs. Therefore, it’s not surprising
that root-to-leaf is catching on. That means everything–even the
vegetable cooking water–has a use. You’ll also find more seeds
at your dinner table. While there’s nothing exceptionally healthier
about using all these vegetable parts, it is a way to ensure you get plenty
of veggies in your meal.
Sugar and Carbs Won’t Cut It – We’ve known this for a while, but now it’s serious.
As nutritionists and fitness experts continue to promote low-sugar and
low-carb diets, this is the year that they’re heard loud and clear.
It’s been a constant battle because so many of our foods are loaded
with sugar and carbs, but manufacturers are trying hard to change, offering
roasted vegetable products and foods cooked with healthier ingredients
like olive or coconut oil.
Insects – Yep, let’s end with the “ew” factor. However
you feel about munching on a many-legged friend, know that insects are
high in protein. Environmentalists also prefer them because farming is
relatively carbon footprint-free. Of course, there’s the fact that
they are, well, insects. The jury is out over whether or not this one
has staying power for 2019.