2017 was quite a year for health trends. The avocado rose in popularity while the benefits of acai and apple cider vinegar showed us how healthy we could truly be. Well, even though all of these foods are as healthy as ever, 2018 is coming with new trends that promise to take us to new heights of wellness! Find out what’s coming up in the new year.
Healing Spices: ‘Golden milk’ is a new healing elixir gaining popularity, a spice filled beverage used in Ayurvedic medicine. In its wake, it seems as if you can find turmeric flavored everything! However, although these products may replace sodium and enhance flavor, there is no scientific evidence that they can improve health.
The Low FODMAP Diet: A trending alternative to gluten free, FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Said to benefit those suffering with IBS, the diet eliminates dairy products, sugar alcohols and legumes in favor of lactose and fructose free eating.
The New Superfoods: While avocados and cranberries are still just as healthy as ever, the search for something healthy to stimulate our palette continues in the new year. Findings include exotic fruits like cassava, jackfruit and monk fruit. These can be used as replacements for flour, meat and sugar, respectively.
Sleep Inducing Foods: Suffer from insomnia? Now you may be able to cure your sleeplessness through drinks like the new Dream Water. Containing calming and sleep inducing ingredients like melatonin, GABA and 5-HTP, this water claims to work as a natural sleep aid promoting more, and better quality sleep. However, there is no scientific research that supports the efficacy of the product.
Entomophagy: That’s right…eating insects! Supposedly a great source of protein, don’t be too surprised if your menu starts looking more like an episode of the Fear Factor! Those who wish to indulge should be wary as bugs can also be heavily processed.
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter has long been a source of controversy as far as health goes, due to the fact that it is high in unsaturated fats. This is countered by the fact that it contains magnesium, potassium, B6 and can decrease the risk of certain chronic health conditions. The verdict? In 2018, PB is in both by itself and as a popular ingredient in healthy snacks. Just beware that the kind you are eating is free from added sugar, sodium, saturated fat and other unnecessary ingredients.
Probiotics: Well known to aid digestion and a popular ingredient in yogurt, probiotics are now popping up everywhere. Foods that may contain this product and its gut boosting live cultures include chips, cookies and granola bars. But with these foods, as with all others, be sure to look out for added unhealthy ingredients.
Caffeine: Another controversial ingredient, caffeine is now on this side of being deemed healthy due to its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its benefits to brain functions. The recommended serving is 300-400 milligrams. Those who consume it may want to do so in caffeinated water beverages that do not run the risk of having sugar or coffee cubes added.
Pulses: These are the edible seeds of legumes. Growing popularity in the last couple of years, the trend for 2018 is predicted to see even more of their consumption. Rich in folate, iron, calcium and zine, these seeds also work to keep you full during the day due to their high content of complex carbohydrates and fiber.
Activated Charcoal: Often used in the past to aid in the case of poisoning or overdose, activated charcoal is now becoming a trend as a detox drink useful in cleansing the system. Though this may seem ideal for some, side effects like constipation can occur.
Well, there you have it; new health trends that are predicted to gain popularity in the coming year. Some are bizarre and risky while others seem to make perfect sense. Which will withstand the test of time? Wait around for 2019 to find out!
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit