2018 Food Trends

New year, new diet? Here’s a closer look at some of the New Year’s most popular food trends and some advice from NAU’s very own Dietitian, Megan Anderson, on how they measure up!

Bulletproof Coffee

Fun Fact: bulletproof coffee was created by a tech engineer after he drank yak butter tea while hiking in Tibet-not by someone with a medical or nutrition background.

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Yes, drinking a cup of this coffee will help you feel full because of the fat content, but the health benefits stop there. Butter is high in saturated fats, which can significantly increase your risk for heart disease.

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate healthy fats into your breakfast and stay full during the morning, add avocado to eggs, peanut butter to toast, or nuts and chia seeds to yogurt or oats.

New Superfoods (jackfruit, moringa, cassava flour, maca)

What it is: Superfoods are (typically) plant based foods that pack a whole bunch of nutrients into each serving. Some of the new trends to keep an eye out for are jackfruit (a mild fruit that can be a great meat substitute), moringa (a fruit from the himalayan filled with protein, vitamins, and minerals), cassava flour (a root vegetable, which can be used as a gluten free baking option) and maca (a powder ground up from the leaves of a root vegetable that can be added to teas and smoothies).

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Turmeric

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Probiotics

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What it is: We have up to 500 different species of bacteria living in our gut-but the types of species vary wildly based on our diet. These little guys are linked to improved mental and physical health outcomes. Probiotics are simply the different strains of bacteria that can be found in fermented foods or as a supplement.

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If you like sour foods, add Kombucha, yogurt, Kimchi, and sauerkraut into your regular rotation of foods-just look for foods that contain live and active cultures (typically strains of Lactobacillus and Acidophilus).

If you decide to go the supplement route, look for following info on the bottle: the genus, species, and strains of the bacteria, the number of organisms alive by the use-by date, and the dose. Regardless of how you eat your probiotics, be sure to pair them with plenty of fruits and vegetables-the good bacteria rely on the non-digestible fibers (or probiotics) as food!

Caffeine Infused Foods

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Detox Diets

What it is: Detox diets change shape and form each year, but they tend to resurface around January 1st with claims of “cleaning out toxins” in the body. These diets range from a basic healthy diet to unsafe or unhealthy diets (think juice cleanses, strange supplements, or extreme restriction).

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