Back in the 50s, high-end foods such as truffles, pates, and imported delicacies were reserved for the upper class.
Today, 60% of consumers have purchased specialty foods or beverages within the past six months alone, according to a 2016 report from the Specialty Food Association and market researcher Mintel.
Unsurprisingly, millennials top the category of trendy food purchasers, unafraid to splurge on the unusual foods they crave. But, some of these fancy food trends aren’t worth your time – as the name suggests, they’re nothing more than a trend. Others have staying value, and can find a place in the best of healthy diets – here are our picks of today’s top food trends that are actually worth trying.
The era of the potato chip is nearing its end – there’s a new chip in town (actually, there are many new kinds).
Companies like Food Should Taste Good, Beanitos and Enlightened Cocoa are creating chips that utilize beans as a base to boost protein and fiber, while others are comprised of healthy and satiating ingredients like flaxseeds and chia.
JicaChips, Kettle Uprooted and Rhythm Superfoods have opted for bases of root veggies such as jicama, beets, sweet potato and parsnips, as their potato substitute. Bare Snacks has arguably been the most adventurous, hopping onto the unusual chip trend bandwagon with their assortment of organic baked coconut chips featuring flax, chia, coffee beans and cocoa.
Whether you like it or not (we do not), eating bugs continues to grow in popularity.
Despite their unappealing appearance, insects like crickets (usually in cricket flour form) are a sustainable food source that’s flexible for inclusion in baked goods, pasta and ice cream. It adds a significant boost in protein quality, while minimally impacting the environment and your wallet.
You know the saying – once you go fat, you never go back. …okay, that may only be an idiom to Austin Powers’ Fat Bastard.
But make no mistake – fat is in. That is, in some of today’s most popular food choices, like full-fat yogurts, whole milk, butter, and coconut or avocado oils.
This is due in part to the realization that fat-free is costly, but not necessarily healthier. These foods tend to replace fat with other flavour-boosters – usually in the form of sugar or sodium. In combination with saturated fats, these foods have led consumers to abandon the once sought-after words like ‘skim’ and ‘low-fat’.
Just keep in mind to vary the types of fat in your diet. And if your goal is weight loss, being mindful of the amount of fat you’re consuming will help you reach your target weight.
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Tea has been a hot commodity globally for centuries, and continues to be praised as a cure for sickness, its relaxing properties, and helping your cognitive fortitude. And with the recent infusion of herbs and spices like turmeric and ginger in tea brews, it’s reached superfood-like levels of nutrition.
Matcha is surging too, providing the coveted heart-healthy and inflammation-reducing benefits found in green tea. Companies are capitalizing on the trend, creating on-the-go matcha packs that you can simply add to a bottle of water.
Plant-based eating – not to be confused with veganism or going vegetarian – is a diet type that focuses on plant proteins (nuts, soy, beans, veggies and whole grains) rather than animal ones (poultry, meat and fish).
These veggie-based alternatives have been proven to protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. They’re a better choice for the environment too, limiting global greenhouse gas emissions created by today’s mass-food production practices.
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