Changing Food Trends: How to Understand and Follow them in 2014
Deboleena Dutta, Executive Editor Understanding constantly changing food trends can be pretty intimidating, let along following them. Are the trends actually healthy and good for you or are they simply fads, here today gone tomorrow? With 2014 around the corner we have picked out a few food trends that have been popular to see how we can easily understand and incorporate a few of them into our daily lives. Fresh Produce Whole Foods What are they? Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Our Thoughts: With so many options in the grocery aisles, it’s hard to decipher which foods are the least processed. Shopping the outer perimeter of a supermarket is the easiest way to avoid over-processed and unhealthy foods. Whole produce such as fruits and vegetables are always safe bets. The key to a healthy life is moderation – if going completely unprocessed sounds impossible to you, that’s okay! Just make sure you include some kind of whole foods element into every meal – we suggest incorporating them into juice/shakes, a simple recipe, or even a sandwich. As for the whole food bars, keep them for on the go times when you need a healthy snack. Superfoods What are they? Foods with extreme health benefits through dense nutrient content.  Our Thoughts: Kale, berries, chia/hemp/flax seeds, quinoa, avocados and almonds are not just trendy. Rather, they are packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and in some cases good fats. Make it your goal to eat at least one super food a day. Stir blueberries into your oatmeal or cereal, blend seeds into your shakes, and bake up kale into crispy chips for a snack. Vegan Foods What are they? Veganism is a lifestyle: they refrain from consuming any animal-based product, whether it be food or other products such as leather shoes, fur coats, etc. Our Thoughts: More and more people are cutting out meat, milk and cheese from their diets. Apart from the ethical and sustainability considerations, a plant-based diet provides us with antioxidants, chlorophyll, and omega 3’s that are not found in animals. Consider reducing your meat intake to 10% of your plate and increasing the amount of fruits/vegetables on your plate. In addition to many vegan options on the shelf, like HerbNZest spreads, there are also plant-based products by Beyond Meat, Daiya, and Hampton Creek that have mimic meat, dairy, and egg products respectively. Gluten-Free Foods What are they? Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.  Our Thoughts: The University of Chicago’s  Celiac Disease Center estimates that approximately 1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease, an autoimmune response to gluten in their digestive system while 1 in  16 have gluten intolerance or irritation. One of the best ways to figure out if  cutting gluten from your diet will improve your health is to cut it out for 4 weeks  or more and observe the difference by reintroducing it. Foods that are naturally gluten-free that you could include in your diet are rice, corn,  fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat/poultry, fish, beans, seeds/nuts and eggs. HerbNZest spreads are made using naturally gluten-free ingredients so that even people concerned with gluten-intake can use them. However, HerbNZest spreads are not yet certified gluten-free. Non-GMO Foods What is it? Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material  (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally. Our Thoughts:  Most of these GM crops in the US are modified to be resistant to pesticides and  herbicides and so they also tend to be the foods that are highly sprayed with insecticides, leading to disease and soil pollution. In the US, most commonly occurring GMO foods  are corn, soy, beet, rapeseed/canola, dairy so eliminating these items. While in the US, GMO labeling is not enforced, many companies are voluntarily  labeling their products. Changing to non-GMO labeled products or 100%  organic products can help you avoid GMO foods. HerbNZest spreads do not use primary ingredients that have high GMO risk listed above. Ready to Eat Meals What are they? They are what they claim to be – meals that require little to no preparation. Our Thoughts: These meals tend to have more fat, hidden artificial ingredients and a large amount of sodium. Sure, they may only take a few minutes to heat up, but whipping up a salad can also take just few minutes to get on the table. Partially processed ingredients such as condiments, sauces, and canned tomatoes make it easy to cut the time down for a home cooked meal. Sauces do a wonderful job of pulling a meal together; unfortunately, homemade versions typically take no less than an hour to develop flavor. HerbNZest jarred pesto’s, relish’s, curry’s and ketchup add instant spice to meat/poultry, fish, pasta and soups, each of which can be cooked in less than 30 minutes. Finally, an easy way to incorporate these above trends are just 2 easy ways: 1. Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts in order to pack in the most nutrients, especially incorporating more organic foods into  your diet 2. When you decide to eat processed foods, read labels carefully to eliminate foods that sound like chemicals and not real food. Whole Foods Market has a good list of unacceptable ingredients in food. In  addition, watch out for the added sugar and salt content in processed foods.

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