Wellness Tips — 30 April 2013
Food Trends: A Close Up Look

A Close Up Look at Today’s Food Trends.

Are you the type to follow the latest food trends? In this article, we will look at what’s happening now and what’s happening in the future. We look at the good, the bad, and ugly – Starting From processed foods up to salty foods, salads, fried foods, vending machines, gluten free diets, fad diets, and much more.

Do you know how food trends are formed? They are shaped by several factors. Let’s take at look at them:

1. Foods of Convenience. These not so healthy foods are high in salt and sugar. The more you eat, the more you
want.

A. Processed Foods.

a. Canned goods.

b. Canned soups.

c. Pizza.

d. Pork.

e. Vending Machines. (according to Food Institute of Technologies, 34% between the ages of 25 and
34 still think these are a great snack option)

 

B. Fast Food.

a. Burgers.

b. Fries.

c. Tacos.

 

C. Junk Food.

a. Cookies.

b. Candy Bars.

c. Ice cream.

d. Packaged snacks.

 

2. Specialty Foods.

A. Vegan.

a. Rice.

b. Tofu.

c. Soy.

d. Lentils.

d. fruits and veggies.

e. no animal meat or animal products.

 

B. Dairy Free.

a. Soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, or coconut milk.

b. Sheese (Cheese Substitute).

c. No butter.

d. No eggs.

e. No cheese.

 

C. Gluten Free.

     These foods have

a. no wheat.

b. no rye.

c. no gluten.

d. and no barley.

 

     Gluten free foods help with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

     This includes:

a. flax.

b. rice bread.

c. brown rice.

d. beans.

e. nuts.

f. corn.

g. soy.

h. beef, chicken, and fish.

 

3. Protein-rich Foods.

Proteins are the building blocks of life. These help your body repair cells and make new ones.

A. Protein shakes.

B. Beans.

C. Fish.

D. Plain yogurt.

E. Nuts.

 

 

Food Trends

 

The Goal of Great Health through Food Trends.

Men’s health differs from women’s health needs. As you get older it is most important to pay attention to your health as it pertains to your diet. The first approach is to realize that we should not eat to satisfy our minds. We think we need a slice of pizza and soda but what good does that do? If we examine what that meal does inside your body, you may not ever want to go down that road. If you replace that meal with a salad or a lean cut of meat with veggies that will provide energy and fuel for the body. Once you master the “good foods-bad foods” in your head, it is time to dig a little deeper.

Many diets exist to help people dive into vital nutrients for their needs. Below are just a few 2013 Food Trends that have become hot topics.

 

A Close Look at 4 Healthy Food Trends.

1. ABO Blood Type Diet – With this diet, eating should follow the recommendations of our blood type. The founder of this diet states that our bodies react to our food in different manners based on the ABO type of our blood. Other than water, the body has eight pints of blood and is vital to our existence. The blood type diet combines the thirteen human races into the four blood types and breaks down the actual blood types by dietary recommendations as they pertain to the origin or human characteristic:

a. nomad.

b. cultivator.

c. hunter.

d. enigma.

 

2. The Paleo Diet – This Caveman diet is based on available foods to primitive man. “Cavemen” ate wild plants and animals and mainly ate off of the land and their diet would have also included fish, fruits, nuts, veggies and would naturally not include anything refined and could be considered an ideal diet for strictly eating for vital nutrients. More information about that diet can be found here.

3. Nightshade Veggies – This is not a true diet but according to About.com, people that have arthritis should avoid tomatoes, white potatoes, egg plant and peppers. You will find lots of argument that this is solely based on folklore and has no scientific basis. What works for you may or may not work for the next person.

4. Gluten free eating has become one of the most popular food trends in recent months. A gluten free diet is one that excludes foods containing gluten.

 

What are the benefits of eating gluten free?

A gluten-free diet is the best way to treat celiac disease. A gluten free diet can

a. Improve cholesterol levels.

b. Boost energy levels.

c. Help you reduce your risk for heart disease.

d. Help promote healthy weight loss.

e. help you reduce your risk of certain cancers.

 

When we discuss the correlation between nutrition and health, the fact still remains… we are what we eat. If variety is the spice of life, spice it up a bit and you just might find a way to improve your health. You want to give your body the vital nutrients and fuel it needs. Perhaps for you, one of those healthy food trends does the trick.

 

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