Popular Nutrition Trends For 2016

Popular Nutrition Trends For 2016

 

The magazine Today’s Dietitian spoke with several nutrition experts to determine what food trend product   and categories will be the most popular this year and on the minds of clients and patients in 2016. Compiled by Densie Webb, PhD, RD, freelance writer, editor, and industry consultant.

•    Souping: “Souping is the new juicing,” says Rachel Beller, MS, RDN, CEO of Beller Nutritional Institute… soups keep the fiber, seeds, rind, and pulp that juicing often discards
•    Sprouted Grains: Our forecasters predict that they’ll become more mainstream. Sprouting…creates enzymes that make plant proteins, essential fatty acids, starches, and vitamins more available for absorption.
•    More Products with Less Sugar: …Companies will be under increasing pressure to reduce the added sugar content of their products and, as a result, will be turning to more of the so-called ‘natural sweeteners,’ like stevia, maple syrup, agave syrup, monk fruit, date sugar, and coconut palm sugar. …(… many of which are metabolized by the body no differently than sucrose.)
•    Probiotic Push: … it’s not just about improving intestinal health. There’s an important gut/brain connection you may be hearing more about. Research suggests that probiotics may be helpful in treating symptoms of depression.
•    Full-Fat Dairy:  “Now that people are starting to embrace more fat in their diets, I think we’ll continue to see more full-fat and reduced-fat (as opposed to fat-free) dairy products being used.” …A survey conducted by IRi…found that whole milk sales have gradually increased from 27.9% of the retail market in 2010 to 32.1% in 2015.
•    The Pluses of Pulses: The United Nations is so certain that pulses will peak in popularity that it has dubbed 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). The aim of IYP 2016 is to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production, aimed towards food security and nutrition.
•    Better With Beets: Beet juice—alone and combined with passion fruit juice—was on display at FNCE® 2015, along with beet hummus and beet-infused sports drinks. Consuming more beets would be a good thing, because they’re rich in betalains, antioxidant compounds; folate; fiber; and the minerals manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium.
•    Relaxing Cholesterol Restrictions: …the 2015 DGAC, which reviews the latest research and makes recommendations for the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, has for the first time taken a step back from the 300 mg/day rule. Whether or not dietary cholesterol in excess of [330mg/day] affects risk of coronary artery disease or risk of diabetes is still unclear.
•    Sustainable Diets: Another first for the 2015 DGAC report was the mention of sustainable diets as part of the recommendations for achieving a healthful diet. “ Be armed with information about what a sustainable diet is and advice on how to eat sustainably.”
•    Managing Food Waste: The FDA and the USDA have established a joint goal to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2030. In the next few years, expect to address more questions about how to cut food waste in the home.
•    Renewed Push for Protein: Researcher Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD, FACSM, from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, says we can expect more research on the benefits of increased intakes of high-quality protein in middle-aged men and women.

 

Popular Nutrition Trends For 2016

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