5 Healthy Food Trends Worth Following
Cooking Light magazine describes five notable healthy food trends including “flexitarianism,” locally grown foods, “functional foods,” organic foods, and “slow foods.”
Cooking Light magazines identifies 5 healthy food trends and why these trends are likely to remain:
Defined as a principally plant-based diet, with occasional protein from lean meat, fish, poultry, or dairy. Approximately one-quarter of Americans fit this category, consuming meatless meals at least four days per week, according to the American Dietetic Association. This trend is significant because of the health implications; studies show that those following this diet generally weigh less, have lower rates of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.
Locally Grown Foods:
Community-supported agriculture has a nutritional advantage over produce raised on “factory” farms, due to freshness.
Foods enriched with nutrients not inherently present in the food, useful to fill nutritional gaps.
Foods produced following government regulated practices that minimize use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. With sales growing more than 20% per year since 1990s, organic foods can provide a nutritional advantage.
Contrary to “fast food,” these are foods prepared by traditional methods, celebrating a style of living and a choice to prepare what is fresh and nutritionally sound.