From bone broth to coconut oil, it’s been another big year for superfoods. Here are my predictions for the major health food trends in 2017.
We all know that eating less meat is good for the planet and good for our health, and it seems more and more people are consciously making an effort to cut down on meat consumption – an emerging eating pattern known as flexitarianism, where eating predominantly, but not strictly, plant-based foods.
This approach is far less rigid than typical vegan, Paleo, gluten-free and other diets that have gone mainstream, making it perfect for those who want the best of both worlds when it comes to eating. Most importantly, it is a lifestyle, not a diet, that’s individualised. Meatless Monday anyone?
Move over probiotics, prebiotics are taking centre stage. While probiotics (good bacteria found in yoghurt, sauerkraut, bone broth, kombucha and tempeh) have been plugged to reduce belly bloat, improve digestion and boost immunity, prebiotics are specialised plant fibre that are needed first to provide the right environment for the good gut bacteria to thrive and use for food. Chicory root (inulin), asparagus, carrots, Jerusalem artichoke and sourdough bread are common examples of whole food that contain prebiotics fibres.
This super spice is certainly having a moment with headlines touting the myriad health benefits thanks to curcumin – a potent antioxidant that gives turmeric its golden hue and known for anti-inflammatory benefits used to treat conditions like arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as playing a role within cancer prevention and protecting against heart disease. But there’s more to turmeric than spicing up a curry. Expect to see more fancy teas and lattes, which is cold-pressed turmeric juice added to almond, cashew or coconut milk.
The nutrition in white pasta is pretty lacking, and there are many people who shy away from a traditional spag bol because it contains gluten – hence why alternative grain noodles are quickly becoming favourites. Expect to see pastas made with different ingredients like quinoa, lentils, or chickpeas. Grain free options (which also happen to be gluten free), like spiralized veggies (e.g zucchini pasta) are still popular. So when it comes to pasta, there’s now something for everyone.
While green foods should always be on the daily menu, you’ll also perk up your plate with purple foods. Think purple cauliflower, purple asparagus, purple sweet potatoes and purple carrots. These foods are all amazingly rich in anthocyanins – a type of antioxidant that gives these foods their vibrant purple colour and pack a powerful disease-preventing punch. These Anthocyanins are also particularly abundant in raspberries and blackberries and have been researched for their potential anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing action.
WHAT FOODS WILL YOU ENJOY IN 2017?