5 Major Food Trends to Watch in 2018

Author: Julian Macleod

When it comes to eating and eating healthy, you cannot overemphasize the importance of good food to the general health and well-being of an individual. With 2017 long gone, we observed that there was an increased consumer demand for healthy ingredients, complex flavor profiles, botanical flavors and science-based foods, and these practically shaped the food industry in 2017. This year, get ready to see some of these #trends dominate again and it doesn’t matter if you’re a master chef or you just love food like myself, you should always watch these trends and incorporate some of the foods into your diet. With a lot of diet plans being adopted on a daily basis, here are 5 major food trends to watch out for in 2018:

Gut-friendly Food:

Generally, fermented foods have been around for centuries and they’re getting increasingly popular this year. Fermented foods, however, are good for maintaining your gut #health and it is a big food trend for 2018. This includes probiotics like kimchi and prebiotics such as onions and garlic.

Super-special Tea:

To lovers of tea around the world, your beverage is going to get even more popular than before this 2018. Sales of herbal and green tea, in particular, continue to rise for consumption at home especially since a lot of research has been done to evaluate their effectiveness in weight control. People are beginning to use tea as a suitable substitute for coffee and they’re loving every bit of it.

Plant-based Diet:

Eating a Plant-based diet is something that continues to catch the public eye and it was observed that there was a 6% increase in the number of people abstaining from the use of animal products in 2017. Scientists have encouraged veganism by creating plant-based foods that still possess the taste and flavor of meat and animal products but contains none of the bad stuff. This 2018, we’re looking forward to a variety of plant-based cheeses, meats, and milk so get on the train.

Get Creative with Local Foods:

When you hear the words “Local foods,” your mind starts to wander. There is a growing trend in many countries today whereby people now prepare dishes using ingredients sourced from their backyards or locality. One name that deserves recognition in this movement is that of Danish chef René Redzepi, who is getting creative with local foods at his two-Michelin-starred Copenhagen restaurant.

Exotic Flavors:

The exotic flavors that accompany many Middle Eastern-inspired foods are among the food trends of 2018. For lovers of spicy foods out there, spices such as turmeric, harissa, cardamom, and za’atar will take front row seats in the popularity chart for spices this year, and other ingredients such as tahini, tomato jam, and halloumi will be right behind them. The spices are taking over and It’s a small kitchen revolution. So, explore the different cultural foods this year and spice up your diet with these exotic flavors.

The year 2018 is already slipping away and it’s never too early or too late to follow these food trends and incorporate these foods into your diet. Eat healthy foods and have a wonderful year.

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