The healthcare industry is broad and depending on how you define it, it also encompasses the nutrition industry. Due to the Coming Needs of Healthcare, the food industry has started to adapt to what the market seems to be leaning towards. For this reason, food trends are becoming a lot healthier and containing less artificial ingredients and sugar.
In addition, the emerging hipster culture has led to even more new food trends which some can say are quite innovative and daring. In my opinion, some food trends are extreme and unnecessary like putting food coloring in everything or deconstructing food items that should not be deconstructed. Let’s discuss some of the new food trends in 2018 and the coming ones in 2019.
Edible flowers have always been around and have been used mostly in high-end fine dining but these days they are everywhere and every hipster brunch place puts edible flowers on everything. I went to a hipster brunch place and they put edible petals in my coffee. Is a coffee purist, I cannot begin to explain how irritated I was.
I guess it’s my fault though, for going to a hipster Instagram brunch restaurant. In less extreme cases, edible flowers are used more and more in infused tea, cocktails and some dishes. When done properly, it can be quite nice and some flowers do have medicinal benefits to in them such as the hibiscus flower that has lots of health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and easing stomach aches.
Knowing What’s in your Food
For the longest time, companies that produce a product that contains sugar, have fought to make sure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not make them put on the label all the ingredient that goes into their products. This is changing as people are becoming more aware of what they eat and demanding more information.
For example, lots of products in grocery stores contain sugar even the ones that shouldn’t like canned soup or tomato paste. Consumers are aware of this and are trying to avoid foods that contain too much sugar or too much artificial flavoring and chemicals. There’s also the issue of sustainability. Socially conscious consumers do not want to eat foods that can be traced back to environmentally hazardous events or socially unfair trade.
For example, the rise of the love of quinoa in the hipster community drove up the price leading the South Americans who ate it every day not being able to afford it. Many have become aware of this and have started to try avoid buying quinoa.
Veganism is quite controversial at least to me because I believe it is an elitist diet. However, people who are vegan swear by it and its health benefits and it is getting more and more popular. The evolving food industry also means there are more options for vegans now is more inventive dishes are being made which makes being vegan easier.
Giving up the ability to snack has always been one of the things that made people give up their diets. But with healthy snacking becoming more and more popular, people now opt for healthy snacks such as nuts, berries, turkey slices, etc. Some companies also make goods that they claim are great for snacking healthy such as baby bell cheese and spring cheese or popcorn or gluten-free chips.
More and more people now mix protein powders and super powders into their food such as baked goods, oatmeal, chia pudding, acai bowl etc. It is a good way to add nutrients without adding extra calories. It used to be just weightlifters and gym rats that used these powders but now everyone is getting on the protein shake train.
Have you ever heard of mushroom coffee? Because it is now a thing and is apparently better than actual coffee, It claims to keep you caffeinated without the addictive aspects of caffeine that coffee has. Mushroom is being added to other things like teas, smoothies, and drinks too. Those who have tried it say it has a rich creamy flavor and has many health benefits such is boosted immunity and fighting inflammations.
Everyone wants to try their hands on making something at home that they will normally buy at the store. Things such as homemade jam, homemade barbeque sauce, homemade mustard etc are getting more common. Those who can’t make these or who don’t have the time to prefer to go to the farmers market to buy from the people who can. Things like homemade soaps, deodorants, and shampoos are becoming more common as well.
Give the tree huggers some time and they will start to eat the soil too. Root-to-stem us a term used to refer to the process of eating the whole vegetable from the roots to the stem to the skin, everything.
New Cuts of Steak
Traditional cuts such as the ribeye, T-bone, and filet are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Now it’s all about the shoulder tender, oyster steak, Vegas Strip Steak, and Merlot cut. These new cuts are becoming more popular.
Street food is becoming more and more popular and there are now even restaurants that sell just street style food. Street food such is dumplings, kebab, etc are now they go to for everyone.
Is I mentioned in some points above, people are becoming more aware of what they eat and choose to go the sustainable route. This is in many areas and types of food such as seafood in the form of sustainable salmon for example. People are also starting to teach their kids to eat healthily and have sustainable school lunches. Healthier but equally delicious options is a good thing for everyone and for the environment too.