The food we eat, the flavors we appreciate and the way we think about food constantly evolves and influences all aspects of our lives. Besides this, the development of new technologies, population growth and the growing popularity of food on social media are also factors that have had an indisputable impact on healthy eating trends in 2016.
We’ve put together 5 of the most popular trends that will mark the new year and, hopefully, you will consider some of them!
Listen to your stomach!
2016 is the year in which you should pay more attention to your ‘guts’. The link between them and the brain is represented by the gut microbiome, which virtually operates as the body’s ‘second brain’.
Include as many vegetables as possible in your diet
One of the top healthy eating trends of the year is related, unsurprisingly, to vegetables. Usually, people are wrong when they associates eating veggies with a strict vegan diet. Mostly, eating vegetables simply refers to the idea of a sustainable diet, due to health or environmental reasons: eat more of them and reduce the consumption of animal products.
Biodynamics, the new organic
The new buzzword in the nutrition world is byodinamics and it will shortly become one of this year’s healthy eating trends. Keeping it short, it’s the most environmentally friendly form of farming: cultivation is done without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, in completely self-sustaining farms.
Believe it or not, entofagia, or eating insects, seems to be one of the next healthy eating trends. For example, crickets are considered by experts as an important source of protein for the future and a sustainable alternative to meat. They’re low in saturated fats and contain significant amounts of magnesium, iron and calcium.
Inactive yeast flakes
As the vegan trend continues to grow, it is expected that this product will be used as toppig everywhere. Also known as ‘nooch’ (or parmesan without lactose), this product has a nutty flavor and it’s derived from sugar cane or molasses. A quarter cup of flakes contains 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and three times the daily requirement of vitamin B12.