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Top Weight Loss and Nutrition Trends

Nutrition Trends of Whole Foods and Natural Supplements

nutrition trendsEvery year, nutrition trends that were once all the rage fade away and new trends emerge. Check out these nutrition trends that are comprised of whole foods and natural supplements.

Low-FODMAP Eating

FODMAPs is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. IBS sufferers or people with other stomach problems are finding success with low-FODMAP diets. The acronym stands for a type of carbohydrate found in a wide variety of foods that can cause indigestion. Followers usually skip dairy products, sugar alcohols, and legumes (to name a few) instead of lactose- and fructose-free eating.

Functional Mushrooms

Most people have eaten button mushrooms, cremini, or portobello mushrooms; however, have you tried reishi, chaga, and cordyceps?

These mushrooms have traditionally been used to support wellness or as a dietary supplement. Mushrooms can be high in antioxidants, they assist in DNA regeneration and support cognition and memory. Mushrooms are being used to produce protein powders and are added to all kinds of things, like teas, coffee, and smoothies.

Probiotics in Everything

Active-Culture Yogurt, Kefir, Kombucha Tea, Tempeh, Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Pickled fruits and vegetables, Cultured condiments, Fermented meat, fish, and eggs are all examples of foods high in probiotics. Many manufacturers are adding them to chips, cookies and granola bars. Check out Farmhouse Culture, Zena’s chocolate chip cookies or Purely Elizabeth’s granola bars. Scientists say, that if we eat insects, we can help to improve the health of the gut biome. Recently, there have been many studies and a lot of research around the health of the gut biome, also known as the gut microbiota, or what was formerly called the gut flora- literally the name given to the microbes that live in our large intestine.

Entomophagy

What’s that you ask? It’s the practice of using bugs as a source of protein. A typical serving size of crickets is 3.5 ounces. That portion contains 13 grams of protein and 121 calories. Astonishingly, some insects have the same or greater amount of iron than beef.

It’s Time we Put Bugs in our Pantry | Alex Drysdale | TEDxWinnipeg

New Superfoods

Cassava, Jackfruit and Monk Fruit are all gaining popularity in North America as substitutes for wheat flour, meat and as a sugar alternative. Cassava can be used in baking while jackfruit can be used in a variety of vegan meals. Monk fruit like any other sweetener should be used in moderation.

Baby Quinoa or Kañiwa

Baby quinoa (Kañiwa) started its uphill climb back in 2013, and many people are beginning to make it a staple in the pantry. How is it different than the quinoa you know and love?  Baby quinoa is similar in taste and makeup to quinoa. However, it’s smaller approximately the size of chia seeds, but it’s a complete protein and is higher in iron.  The nutritional values based on a 100-gram (3.5 oz) portion of kaniwa seeds are Protein: 15.4 g (31%), Carbohydrates: 61 g (20%), Fiber: 7.7 g (31%).

Drinking Vinegar

Vinegar is fantastic for our overall health. When vinegar combines with carbohydrate-rich foods, vinegar appears to inhibit the complete digestion of starch. The starches then act as prebiotics, which becomes food for good bacteria in the gut which supports overall immunity and digestion. Vinegar also improves blood sugar levels. Drinking apple cider vinegar before a high-carbohydrate meal improves insulin sensitivity — slowing the rate of blood sugar levels rising — in people who are insulin resistant (a pre-diabetes condition) or have type 2 diabetes. Balsamic vinegar prevents the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is believed to contribute to atherosclerosis— a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries, blocking blood flow and in some cases, eventually leading to a heart attack or stroke

Pasture-Raised Animals

In the interest of animal welfare grass-fed is not just about beef anymore. People are turning to grass-fed animals to protect the environment and also for personal nutritional benefits. Pasture-raised animals are used for many products, including eggs, milk, butter, and cheese, in addition to meat.

Most people are always eager to do anything they can to promote or maintain health. Just make sure that whatever you are trying is appropriate for your current level of health. Check with your physician if you have any health issues or are on medications.

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