Here are the latest food & drink health trends: Have you tried any?
If you're into health and fitness, time to embrace a life of sea-chi and camu camu berries
After a year of lockdown due to COVID-19, many of us have resulted to finding new and interesting ways to stay fit and healthy. A lot of these have involved making dodgy homemade gyms and interesting-looking smoothies.
Aside from the usual attempts at staying healthy, some new, shiny and in some cases, slightly odd trends have emerged. Sainsbury's Future Brands team and The Food Lab have found some of the emerging health and wellbeing trends, so keep an eye out for some of these appearing at a supermarket near you...
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Vegetables from the ocean are sometimes looked at as being 'too salty', but the art of sea gardening is a new trend. Sea greens have been growing in popularity for a while now. In fact, Sainsbury’s noticed an 89% increase in online searches for seaweed in the last year.
As a result, the likes of Japanese nori and wakame have found their way into most foodies’ meals. These often come in the form of rice bowls and smoothies which go down a treat after a sweaty home workout.
Clean Label Consumerism
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Clean and organic eating is at the forefront of many people's minds, especially with the release of various documentaries such as Seaspiracy on Netflix, which looked at the way fishing is destroying the world.
As a way to help combat this, Sainsbury's found 31% of its customers are eating healthier and cleaner. As a result, more of us are seeking out ‘clean’ foods and labels than ever before, with 83% of the nation revealing they place huge importance on the clarity of nutritional information on packaging.
These include opting for natural and organic products which actively avoid artificial ingredients such as sweeteners. One of the biggest struggles people have faced is not buying as many fizzy drinks.
Maintaining Gut Health
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Exercising is one thing, but taking care of our body's health is another. While the nation may have a good understanding of the impact probiotics have on gut health, experts are constantly discovering new ways to maintain a healthy gut.
According to Sainsbury's, the next six months will be full of promoting foods which help your gut such as garlic, leek and wheat bran, as well as Bio&Me’s granola and yoghurt, which all contain probiotics.
Dr Megan Rossi, founder of Bio&Me said: “Our understanding of the connection between our brain and our gut microbiota is still in the early stages, but there is some promising evidence building. Human studies have shown not only that our gut is implicated in our mental health, but that modifying our gut microbiota with simple diet strategies, can help manage mental-health conditions. What’s more, by nourishing our gut microbiota through nutrition, we may even be able to prevent some cases of depression and anxiety.”
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Another trend which has become vastly popular over the last year is something known as 'edible beauty', which is essentially eating foods thought to provide you with youthful qualities.
Who doesn't want to look younger? Well some of these foods should help you feel and look healthier. Foods which contain collagen and hyaluronic acid are expected to join ingredient lists of staple supermarket products for an anti-aging glow.
Foods which offer this are known as superfruits, including vitamin C-packed acerola cherries, camu camu berries and kakadu plums.
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Have you ever seen photos of those odd-looking breakfasts people (usually in) London tend to eat? Well, it looks like they are actually really good for you, because they often contain seeds packed full of nutrients and fibre.
One of the most popular seeds are flax seeds. Searches for these increased by 115% over the last year. Following this, it is predicted that hemp, lotus and water lily seeds will come for their crown within the next 12 months.
What can we take away from this?
When all is said and done, a healthy diet mixed with a decent amount of exercise is all you really need, but if you want that little extra bit of pizzazz in your life, why not try out some of these trends?
If you do give any of these a go, we'd love to hear how you get on, so either comment your experience on this post or make your own post for us all to see.