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Top 9 Health Food Trends 2017 Review

1. Sugar detox

With all the focus on cutting sugar out of one’s diet McCauley noticed an upswing in paleolithic and ketogenic diets, both of which focus on high-protein, low-carbs and non-processed foods.

“Paleo and keto diets are really gaining a lot of moment since the summer,” said McCauley, predicting their popularity will continue to grow into 2018.

2. One-bowl meals

Despite the fact people have been eating food out of bowls for centuries, the bowl meal trend took off this year. Smoothie bowls, acai bowls, poke bowls, Buddha bowls, you name it, they all provided some truly Insta-worthy meals.

McCauley says the trend not only has to do with health but also how and where people are eating.“More Canadians are eating alone and are more likely to be in front of screen. Bowls just make it easier to cradle in your hand, ” she said.

3. Activated charcoal

The amount of charcoal used for drug overdoses is 100 to 200 times the amount you’d get in a typical 250-milligram supplement, so one or two pills or a smoothie with some charcoal chucked in won’t “detoxify” anything.

“Proceed with caution,” said Dummer. Additionally there’s little published scientific evidence to suggest that activated charcoal helps these types products work any better than products without it.

As for seeing activated charcoal products in 2018, Dummer told she doesn’t see it being a long-term trend.

4. Meatless alternatives

According to Google Trends the most popular meatless alternative this year was the Impossible Burger.

The Impossible Burger, looked, smelled, and tasted like meat. It even bled like meat but was made entirely of plant-based products.The burger not only helps consumers eat less red meat, which has been linked to cancer and heart disease, but it also helps out the environment.“Compared to cows, the Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions,” the company writes on their website.

The trend for realistic meat-alternatives doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, earlier this year a meatless butcher shop opened in B.C.

5. Healing mushrooms

Thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle blog Goop, healing mushrooms such as chaga became a huge health food trend in 2017.

Wellness sites claim chaga, and other medicinal mushrooms, are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, could enhance the immune system and fight cancer, among other benefits. However, there is little to no scientific evidence to substantiate these claims. The mushroom with Indigenous roots is now beginning to pop-up in restaurants and even more accessible products. “Chaga could really become a more mainstream [in 2018],” said McCauley.

6. Ugly produce

Not only is the trend good for your health (fruit and vegetables are always a good thing) but also it reduces food waste.

“Chefs have been embracing it in big cities like Toronto and Montreal,” said McCauley. It started to trickle down into the mainstream, showing up in grocery stores such as Loblaw and No Frills as well as food delivery services jumped on the bandwagon such as Misfit Produce.

“It’s really taking off in these types of young and progressive types of environments and consumers are becoming much more willing to buy the naturally imperfect [food],” said McCauley, adding that she hopes the trend will continue.

7. Bone broth

“The roots of it come from ‘brodo,’ which is the Italian word for stock,” explained McCauley. It reached fad status when New York chef Marco Canora started selling cups of broth out of a takeout window. According to Google Trends bone broth was very popular around the world all year.

There are a number of health benefits associated with the meaty drink such as, intestinal healing, protecting joints and increasing bone strength, helping people fall and stay asleep, and making skin look younger.

Whether or not there is evidence to back the numerous health claims McCauley still thinks it’s a great trend.

8. Drinkable vinegar

In 2017 there was a wave of bottled beverages starring an ingredient that is normally used in salad dressing.

Research does suggest vinegar may offer health benefits, such as helping to reduce blood sugar, support gut health, and potentially ward off weight gain. Dummer told she sees this trend becoming even more popular in 2018.

9. Unicorn food

For example, the unicorn toast is made up of cream cheese dyed with natural ingredients, such as hot beet juice for pink, turmeric for yellow, chlorophyll for green, spirulina power for light blue, freeze-dried blueberry powder for purple and a beet juice and freeze-dried strawberry or raspberry powder for light pink.

The next “flavour” is anyone’s guess. Perhaps clear food, like the see-through pumpkin pie seen earlier this year, will take off. But whatever it is, it will no doubt be visually stunning.

Healthy food trends that blew up in 2017 [CTV News]

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