FOOD & NUTRITION TRENDS

by MatselaMoshokoa

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All industries have trends that consumers almost always to gravitate towards, food and nutrition is no different. I have compiled a list of the food that’s trending at the moment. As the world is shifting towards healthier eating habits, keeping the body healthy and nourished. Sustainable living in order to keep ourselves and our planet healthy.

Buzz words such as “clean eating” are making the rounds lately, cleaning out your diet, making better choices when it comes to what you choose to eat. The Clean Eating lifestyle is basically cutting out, refined grains, salt, added sugars and processed food, and embracing vegetables, fruits, healthy protein, good fats and complex grains. So really going back to basic. With these lifestyle changes, we are seeing an increase of things like food and nutrition blogs, instagram is a buzz with people posting fitness routines, with regular progress updates. There is a move to conscious living and food obviously plays a big role in achieving these goals.

I have listed some the trendiest food to add to your grocery list, as you move towards a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

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ANCIENT GRAINS

Quinoa, Kumut, Amaranth, Teff, Spelt, Kunawa

These are complex grains, that are high in nutrients, less allergenic compared common wheat, good for gluten intolerant individuals, and high in fiber making them easily digested.

Some of these grains where brought back from extinction, and some have always been in use like Teff in Ethopia and Amaranth by the Aztec cultures of Central America.

read more http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/the-rebirth-of-ancient-grains/ 

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KALE

Kale is currently known as one of the planets most healthiest vegetable, it belongs to the cruciferous family of cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Kale is high in anti-oxidants and has great cancer fighting properties, it has earned its way into every health fanatics heart. It can be eaten hot (cooked) or cold (raw). I love adding Kale to my power green smoothie made of all green vegetables, kale, celery, spinach, ginger and apple. This ‘superstar’ vegetable, as its known,  has properties to lower cholesterol, and reducing chances of heart disease.

read more http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-kale 

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ALMOND MILK

Almond milk is a creamy, nutty-flavored beverage that has been consumed for hundreds of years. It has become a popular staple for those wishing to avoid dairy and is available at many grocery stores in a variety of flavors and brands. You can also easily make it at home by soaking, grinding and straining raw almonds. So if you are lactose intolerant almond milk is a good substitute. Soya milk used to be the only known option as a milk substitute however now there are more options on the shelves in major supermarkets. Its lower in fat and calories than cows milk. With the clean eating lifestyle staying away from cows milk is key, because of the added hormones given to cows, the hormones are carried in the fat molecules of cows milk, which we then consume in drinking or using dairy products. 

read more  http://www.livestrong.com/article/246903-nutritional-benefits-of-almond-milk/ 

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COULIFLOWER

Food-trend watchers have named cauliflower the new kale. Cauliflower is low in calories and fat, and high in protein and fiber. It can also be prepared in many different ways — roasted, mashed, sauteed, or eaten raw. If you want to really go crazy, you can try orange cauliflower, which has 25 times more vitamin A than the white version.

read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/7-trendy-foods-in-2014-2014-1#ixzz37oJ54xlO

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COCONUT OIL

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

read more http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

Trends are up to individuals to follow, or not. I think when it comes to healthy eating, following any trends that promotes a healthy lifestyle cannot be a bad thing. With science and technology helping us rediscover the nutritional sources of yesteryear, can only be welcomed, as we go back to basics.

Happy eating!

  

 

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