7 Nutrition Trends for 2020
From gluten-free, plant-based diets to taking care of your digestive health, here are the top 7 nutrition trends for 2020.
Grain-free diets eliminate all grains, including food derived from them. A grain-free, gluten-free diet will exclude food items like bread, pasta, muesli, oatmeal, rice cakes, breakfast cereals, pastries, and cookies. It helps people who are intolerant to gluten, can be anti-inflammatory, boost your metabolism, thereby helping in weight loss, and stabilise blood sugar levels.
Eliminate processed foods and snacks from your diet. Instead, munch on healthy but tasty alternatives like trail mixes, crunchy vegetables, hummus with pita, and whole fruit slices. Processed, oily foods contain a lot of bad carbohydrates and are known to contribute to unhealthy weight gain and increased risk of coronary heart diseases.
Plant-based proteins and oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines can help kick up your protein intake a notch. A high protein meat diet will put you at risk of heart diseases and poor liver and kidney function. Get your daily source of protein from foods like lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, almonds, and quinoa.
This is an especially helpful trend for people who are lactose-intolerant - a digestive disorder caused by the inability to digest the key ingredient in milk - lactose. Milk made from nuts like almonds, cashew, coconut, and hazelnut are healthier alternatives to cow or buffalo milk.
Plant-based diet doesn’t mean you’re vegetarian or vegan. It simply means you proportionately choose the source of your food, primarily from plants. This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, lentils, and beans. Plant-based diets can provide you with all the necessary nutritional elements like protein, fats, carbohydrates,minerals, vitamins, and fiber.
We’re gradually steering away from modified foods and opting for organic, seasonal, local produce. This not only ensures what we are eating is growing in an organic, chemical-free environment, but is also sustainable for the planet and her natural resources.
Dietitians and medical experts believe that our digestive health is key to avoiding other medical conditions like obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. A plant-rich diet with fiber, prebiotic and probiotic foods like garlic, onions, and yogurt can keep your digestive health in check.
Despite promising results, more research and study is underway to find the best, most balanced diet for overall health and well-being. If you want to jump onto any of these trends, consult with your doctor and plan a holistic approach to your health this 2020.