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Dietary Trends

Most healthcare experts will tell you that hopping from diet to diet while gaining and losing weight year after year is not an optimal lifestyle. They will say to you that balanced nutrition and leading an active health-centered life is the best way to stay at the weight level that is best for you. By now, it is clear that a diet that focuses on just one food (the grapefruit diet), or a diet that requires that you eat little candies to stave off hunger is just not the correct option.

However, following a personalized program to lose weight and to improve your nutrition habits does sound like a good idea. You are going to explore the latest dietary wisdom and understand more fully which foods will assist you in becoming healthier and happier.

Nutrition is all the elements your body needs to function at its highest level. That means understanding:

  • proteins
  • carbohydrates
  • fats
  • vitamins and minerals
  • phytonutrients
  • digestive health

Whereas quinoa has been the most popular grain for the last few years, a new ancient grain is gaining popularity because it is gluten-free and a non-GMO. Its name is sorghum, and it provides niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorous, and potassium. It also offers almost half your daily required protein intake and 49% of your recommended dietary fiber intake.

 

The newest smoothie recipes include healthful ingredients, such as tart cherry extract, magnesium, turmeric, dates, cardamom, vanilla bean, Ashwagandha root, golden milk powder. Many of these substances promote a sound sleep.

Another interesting trend is a movement against discarding food that is not “pretty.” Interested parties are sharing ideas on how you can reduce waste and enjoy eating these foods that are “ugly.”

Many people in developed countries have turned to diets that are meat-free, especially millennials. Jackfruit, a huge tree fruit, has become the super star of those who take the vegan protein route. The fruit’s texture is much like pulled pork, and it is being added to grocery store shelves now.

Other meat substitutes include textured wheat protein and plant heme, pea protein with beet juice to mimic raw meat, and soy protein made to taste like “beef jerky.”

The simple herb, turmeric, is making a big splash among nutritionists. According to Nutraceutical World, between the years of 2014 and 2016, Google searches for turmeric increased by 800% in many countries. Because consumers have finally understood that sugar causes inflammation, people have begun to search for foods that fight inflammation and turmeric is one of the top protectors against just that.

Non-dairy options and plant-based food continue to make plenty of waves in the world of nutrition. The biggest food category that is moving toward gluten-free, non-dairy, and plant-based food items are the makers of snack foods. Expect to see many brands incorporating seaweed, beans, chickpeas, and other high-protein, high-fiber treats.

Broth brewed from the bones of beef and chicken is beginning to catch on in the US and Australia. Bone broth includes the marrow, cartilage, gelatin, collagen, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals infused into the water used to boil the bones. It’s both inexpensive and nutrition-packed, meaning this broth has it all.

The most important thing to remember is that what you put in your body will determine how your body works, feels, and ages. It’s time to make the right food choices.