The New Year is traditionally a time when people get more interested in health and wellness. March is National Nutrition Month. What we put into our bodies has a huge effect on our health, mood, performance, how we feel and how long we live. Here are some of the hold over trends from 2017 and the hottest nutrition trends for 2018.
Ketogenic (keto) diets were a big trend in 2017 and are continuing into 2018. Although keto diets are trending recently they are not new. They were the original therapeutic diet for pediatric epilepsy in the 1920s and were widely used into the next decade, but their popularity waned with the introduction of effective anticonvulsant medications.
The premise behind Ketogenic diets is based on the idea of losing weight by eating a high-fat, high protein, low-carb diet to push the body into a ketogenic state. When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert to energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body. Since glucose is being used as a primary energy source, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main source of energy. When the body is in a ketogenic state it produces ketones from the breakdown of fats in the liver to be used for energy rather than glucose.
Botanicals are thought to boost brain function. Functional mushrooms will be one of the biggest trends of 2018. Some mushrooms are said to be able to boost brain function. Everyone wants to be smarter, improve concentration, have a better memory, and fight off mental effects of aging! People are eager to purchase herbs, mushrooms, botanicals and any other natural product that could promote or maintain brain health.
Collagen has been applied topically for years to boost the body’s production of it in an attempt to make peoples skin look smooth, supple and younger. It has now become a new superfood and can be found in capsules to take like a vitamin or a powder form to put into coffee, smoothies, cereal or whatever you can think of.
Black seed oil is now being touted as the newest miracle food supplement. It derives from Nigella Sativa seeds. It is thought to help with inflammation, bone health and even preventing cancer.
Healthy fats have been in for a while now but in 2018 you will hear more about omega-9s. They are also known as a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Their benefits range from regulating blood sugar levels and promoting a healthy weight. Algae are used in the production of omega-9 cooking oil. The process doesn’t use genetically modified organisms or chemical extraction, further broadening its appeal. It has a high smoke point of 485 degrees, which means you can use it in baking, roasting and sauteing. It is completely natural and odorless, so it can be used in any recipe where you can have healthy fat without changing the flavor of the food.