Each year, nutrition trends that were once all the rage fade away and new trends emerge, sometimes making headlines. While a few trends, like gluten-free products, seem to be long – lived, others like vitamin waters or fat-free cookies. See their heyday and then are relegated to the back row of the nutrition show. So, it’s that time again – time to look into the nutrition crystal ball for 2019 and see what’s new, what’s hot and what you can expect clients and patients to quiz you about in the coming months. Here we are going to discuss briefly about the healthy diet plan for the year 2019.
Today’s dietitian speaks with several nutrition experts to determine what products and categories will be the most popular this year and on the minds of clients and patients this year. Here is what they forecast about healthy diet plan:
“Souping is the new juicing”, while exclusive juice diets are billed as ‘cleanses’ or ‘detoxes,’ the one ingredient with the most ‘detoxing’ power – Fiber – is trashed after the juice is squeezed out. Not so with soups, which often contain whole vegetables and, in the case of breakfast soups, fruit. The soups keep the fiber, seeds, rind, and pulp that juicing often discards.
While sprouted grains have been around for a while, our forecasters predict that they will become more main stream for the healthy diet plan. Sprouting provides increased vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, increased digestibility, and nutrient absorption. Sprouting creates enzymes that make plant proteins, essential fatty acids, starches and vitamins more available for absorption and can decrease blood pressure and help protect against fatty liver. Also sprouted brown rice can help reduce blood glucose levels and improve immune function in breast feeding mothers. You can expect to find wider variety in sprouted food products in potato chips and crackers, grain cereals, snack bars and rice.
More Products with Less Sugar
Companies will be under increasing pressure to reduce the added sugar content of their products. As a result, will be turning to more of the so-called ‘natural sweeteners’, like stevia, maple syrup, agave syrup, monk fruit, date sugar, and coconut palm sugar.
Some provide us many calories as table sugar, others contain fewer calories, and some, like stevia, are calorie – free. While certain natural sweeteners, like date sugar, provide nutrients absent from table sugar. There is little or no research to suggest that alternative natural sweeteners provide any health benefits. The wan on sugar has been declared a personal war on the sweet stuff. We expect there will be greater demand and increased offerings of products containing reduced amount of sugar. And replaced with one or more of these natural sweeteners, many of which are metabolized by the body no differently than sucrose.
Full – Fat Dairy
Now that people are starting to embrace more fat in their diets. I think we will continue to see more full – fat and reduced – fat dairy products being used. Consumption of whole milk dairy products is on the rise as part of a whole, natural, and real trend. And there is a growing understanding that milk fat is not bad for you and may actually be good for you. Milk fat contains bioactive compounds, such as conjugated linoleic acid. A fat that research suggests may decrease the risk of coronary heart disease and depress cancer cell growth. The trend may be catching up with the research and consumption of dairy foods provides numerous health benefits, including lower risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, CVD (cardio vascular disease) and obesity.
The Pluses of Pulses
Pulses are lentils, dry beans, beans and chickpeas. The United Nations is so certain that pulses will peak in popularity that it has dubbed 2019 the international year of pulses (IYP). The aim of IYP is to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production, aimed towards food security and nutrition. According to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, pulses are a vital source of plant – based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthful diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions, and cancer.
They are also an important source of plant – based protein for animals. In addition, pulses come from plants that have nitrogen – fixing properties, which can contribute to increasing soil fertility and have a positive impact on the environment. For now that’s all from healthy diet plan concern. We shall come again with more detail about healthy diet plan.
Managing Food Waste
Related to the sustainability movement is the growing emphasis on reducing food waste in restaurants, hospitals, and grocery stores as well as in the home, where 60% of food waste occurs. Here is another sobering statistic that there are 870 million hungry people on the planet.