Current Food Trends
With social media so firmly entrenched in our lives, we are always in touch with the latest trends on fashion, lifestyle, architecture, and other aspects of life that are of interest to us. One of these topics that is constantly trending is the advances in food and nutrition.
Let’s have a look at a few of the latest findings and some dietary trends that have emerged:
Gluten Free Diet
The Gluten free diet is a necessary lifelong dietary change for people with an allergy to gluten – a protein found in many cereal grains such as wheat, rye, barley, triticale. Coeliac Disease causes changes to the digestive tract, making it difficult to absorb the nutrients in food. By following this lifelong gluten free diet, these people can lead normal healthy lives. However, it has become popular for anyone with gastrointestinal symptoms to self-diagnose Coeliac Disease and put themselves on a gluten free diet. Gluten free diets are not the answer as they can be high GI and not suitable for everyone, and patients need individual specific dietary advice from qualified dietitians. If you suffer bloating, nausea and increased wind, see your doctor for advice.
Less is more! Think about simplifying your meals to include fewer different ingredients and more nutrient value. Research has shown that this movement in dietary trending can be beneficial to your health 295. Sometimes, ingredients that we add to meat or vegetables can actually damage their nutrient quality. For example, think about cooking your meat with a few spices, rather than adding sauce to the meat after it is cooked. Commercial sauces contain harsh preservatives and food additives that may cancel out the nutrients and vitamins in meat and vegetables we add them to, or alternatively, make your own homemade sauces.
Natural Food Movement
Similar to the simple cooking movement, the natural food trends pertain to choosing unprocessed ingredients and completely cutting out preservatives and processing chemicals used to make foods found on supermarket shelves last longer. Choose fresh vegetables, even fresh herbs and spices and choice cuts of meat and fish.
Scientists are persistently researching and analysing data to find new ways to increase nutritional value in everyday meals. It is becoming more and more apparent that many chronic diseases can stem from poor nutrition over sustained periods of time. While everyone may not follow every new food trend, we do need to make sure what we are putting into our bodies is fresh, nutritious and as unprocessed as possible – don’t you agree?
Author: Zoe Bingley-Pullin, Nutritionist and Chef
Founder of Nutritional Edge, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, has long been passionate about the food in our lives. A nutritionist (Diploma of Nutrition, Sydney) and internationally trained chef (Le Cordon Bleu School, London), Zoe helps people embrace the benefits of food through education and understanding.