5 Health Foods To Watch Out For This Year
5. Avocado oil – Avocados have long been recognised for their health benefits but only recently has avocado oil been hitting the mainstream. With its abundance of good fats, impressive array of micronutrients and multiple antioxidants, avocado oil is one of the healthiest oils out there.
4. Cauliflower – After coming into its own last year, cauliflower continues to grow in popularity as recipes using cauliflower as a carbohydrate substitute flood the Internet. Not only is it a cheap and healthy option for Winter meals, it’s also extremely versatile and can be snuck into mash, pizza bases and even chocolate cake… One of our favourites is grating cauliflower and then frying it in a little coconut oil. It tastes and looks incredibly similar to fried white rice, but without the carb loading of course!
3. LOW-FODMAP Foods – One of the latest diet trends set to migrate from Australia this year is low-fodmap. This diet is aimed at the 15% of consumers suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and similar symptoms. It entails cutting out a number of sugars present in a variety of foods including wheat, apples and garlic, which many people find difficult to digest. Whilst may be not a diet to encourage weight loss, it aims to reduce IBS-type symptoms, such as nausea, bloating and diarrhoea, resulting in a healthier, happier gut.
2. Savoury yoghurts – While savoury yoghurt may seem an unlikely concept to some, it actually makes a whole lot of sense. More consumers turning away from sugar-laden yoghurt products and towards smoothies containing leafy greens means that vegetables are successfully infiltrating the fruit arena. With the savoury yoghurt trend gaining momentum in the US, it seems likely that the UK will be next.
1. Chia – Considering that chia is the ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’, it is unsurprising that there are a plethora of health benefits associated with these tiny seeds. Chia is naturally high in omega 3 and fibre, two nutrients which many UK diets lack. So it’s easy to see why they are appealing to a growing group of consumers. Keeping healthily satiated is easy, thanks to the high levels of protein and fibre found in chia. The additional attribute of being naturally gluten free is another reason for chia’s increasing popularity. From smoothies to cakes and breadcrumb mixes, chia is a crunchy, nutrient-packed recipe addition that’s gaining ground.