NUTRITION TRENDS 2012
- Cupcakes – We still love you, but it’s time for something new. Now it’s all about pie, especially fruit pies in all their deconstructed formats (crisps, grunts, slumps and betties)
- Bacon – It may be the most lip-smacking, tastiest treat on the planet, but do we need it to be candied, covered in chocolate or added to just about everything from breakfast to dessert?
- Gluten-free diets – Giving up gluten has gone mainstream, and while it’s beneficial for the 3 million Americans with celiac, gluten-free processed foods are not healthier than their counterparts.
- Street food – First it was hot dogs, then tacos, now food trucks are dishing up everything from Korean barbecue to French crepes.
- Omega-3 – These fatty acids have some of the broadest and strongest impacts on our health, yet not all omega-3s are created equal; EPA and DHA are most powerful.
- Probiotics – The jury is still out on some of the claims, but the good bacteria in fermented foods may offer some digestive health benefits.
- Growing your own – Last year saw an 28% increase in gardening for food among 28- to 34-year-olds. Watch for even more young farmers in 2012.
- Meatless meals – Meatless is not just the new vegetarian, it’s bigger than that. Meatless Monday has become a movement — for personal and planetary health.
- Simpler, more wholesome food – The growth of more “natural” foods with few simple, healthy ingredients.