Long before the pandemic hit us, people were starting to follow up with healthier diet routines. And the pandemic, indeed, only helped pushed the motion faster.
Today, we are perhaps witnessing the most significant shift in dietary choices in the last few decades or so.
Sounds interesting. Right?
Well, keep reading to know the trends this year and quench your palette cravings with new healthier flavors.
Keto And Paleo-Friendly Diets
We all know it and silently admit to it – 2020 has been tough on our health. In fact, when asked, 40 out of 70 people said that they’d gained weight during last year’s lockdown.
Well, that isn’t surprising at all. In fact, weight gain has triggered increased interest in ketogenic and paleolithic diets.
What are these?
Keto-diet is a high-fat diet that pushes the body to shift from carbs-derived energy to fats-derived energy in layman’s language. The process is known as Ketosis, hence keto-diet.
In contrast, the paleolithic diet is more like primitive foods that early humans used to eat. The principle behind this diet is- eating foods that early humans consumed will promote optimal health. The diet strictly eliminates grains, legumes, and any other processed food, including dairy products.
Naturally Sweetened Foods
Another healthy food that’s trending this year is natural sweeteners. Well, not the sweetener itself, but the foods that contain sweetening agents like sugar.
It is noteworthy that processed sugar is found to be a leading cause of obesity and cardiovascular problems. In fact, people with diabetes that use artificial sweeteners are at higher risk of contracting cancer.
As an alternative, people around the world are choosing natural sweeteners that are produced using processes like fermentation. These are apt as baking sweetener for cooking, baking, and making beverages and drinks.
Gluten-Free Dietary Snacks
A gluten-free diet is no longer for gluten-intolerants or people suffering from celiac disease. It has indeed emerged as a far healthier alternative to gluten-based diets.
And we continue to witness an increase in gluten-free products on the aisles of supermarkets.
A report suggests that nearly 26% of Americans prefer gluten-free products over their counterparts.
Studies reveal that a gluten-free diet is not only beneficial to intolerant people but can also benefit others. Most people opt for this diet to improve their gut health.
For instance, people complaining about bloating, constipation, frequent diarrhea, nausea, etc., are often prescribed gluten-free diets.
Alcohol-Free Drink Options
Last but not least, the market is flooding with non-alcoholic beverages that resemble their alcoholic counterparts in flavor and packaging.
More commonly known as mocktails, these non-alcoholic beverages are often sold as energy tonics or energy concoctions.
And the best part is, these drinks are usually manufactured to resemble the flavor of an alcoholic beverage. But, with a twist – there’s no alcohol at all.
We are expecting to see a lot of these beverages make their way into the market this year. Perhaps, their increasing popularity is also somehow related to last year’s crisis.
There are many more food trends to witness this year, but they are out of the context of this article. Nonetheless, you can find out more about other food trends this year on the internet.