The year 2019 was full of cauliflower rice, probiotics, non-dairy milk and chia seeds to name a few top trends in nutrition. HIIT and CrossFit were popular in the wellness and fitness arena in 2019. So, what nutrition and wellness trends will take front stage in 2020? What trends are worth adopting and which ones should we avoid? Let’s look at six new trends that are bound to be highlighted this year.
Plant based Food
Plant based eating is on the rise and will continue to be in 2020. This revolution is not just for those looking for meat-free alternatives but is also in high demand from the general carnivorous population who are trying to reduce their meat consumption. Cauliflower will continue to be a staple in 2020 as the breadth of products on the market have grown from pizza crusts to rice and alfredo sauce. Plant based butters will make an appearance in 2020. Think seed butters other than tahini, perhaps watermelon seed butter or garbanzo bean butters. Your kids will have more options than the daily peanut butter sandwich for lunch! Garbanzo beans are even making their debut in bakery items, chips and ice cream. This mighty bean is a great source of protein and fiber and because of its versatility, nutrient density, allergen-friendly stamp and inexpensive ingredient, it has exploded in popularity. Garbanzo beans just might be the next big food trend in 2020, learn more here
about their health benefits. Companies will also be creating a more hybrid version of products by incorporating more veggies into their food products. For example, Whole Foods notes that some brands are creating meat products with ~30% of vegetables. This will not only increase your veggie intake and optimize your health but is also better for the environment. Interest in a plant-based diet is simultaneously in line with sustainability, another top trend in 2020.
What is the Pegan Diet?
Have you heard of this one yet? It’s not vegan and it’s not Paleo. It’s a mix of both! It emphasizes a “clean” way of eating that encourages vegetables and fruits, high quality fat sources, lean proteins, low mercury fish and reduced intake of foods treated with pesticides, antibiotics or hormones. As a Dietitian, I’m not a proponent of this diet, because it is so restrictive and could result in nutrient deficiencies. This diet perpetuates the need to constantly be thinking about food and what you can and can’t eat. This oftentimes can lead to disordered eating or even an eating disorder. A topic for another time, but something you don’t want to battle with on a daily basis. The things I don’t like about the diet is that whole grains, beans and dairy are kicked to the curb. These foods have shown to have positive health benefits in boosting cardiovascular health and improving your gut flora, the science is there, do your due diligence before diving in. Although, there are some beneficial aspects of the Pegan diet. I appreciate the emphasis on fruits and veggies, omega-3 fats and adequate protein intake. If you’re going to try this diet out make sure your getting adequate calcium, vitamin D and B12, and consult a nutrition professional who can guide you in making healthful dietary decisions.
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