The Top 3 Health Food Trends of 2015

The Top 3 Health Food Trends of 2015

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Jan 14, 2015, at 9:48 pm

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HEALTH TRENDS ARE CONSTANTLY SHIFTING as humans become smarter and improved technology becomes available. Medical doctors, dieticians and scientists are constantly researching ways to optimize health. Though the New Year is just barely started, there are already new health “trends” that gaining popularity across the country. As always, health food is all the rage, constantly occupying American minds and lifestyles.

table full of healthy veggies and fruitsThe USDA Food Guidelines have been evolving since the first established in 1916. From the Basic Seven in the 40’s to the Basic Four in the 70’s, food guides are constantly varying, just as all expert healthcare guidelines are. So, what’s in and what’s out?

We picked our top 3 diet trends from the “What’s Trending in Nutrition” Survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietician survey and broke some of these nutrition trends down.

1. Good vs. Bad Fats
The low-fat diets are declining, which means more consumers may begin to be less fat-conscious. According to the article, about 84 percent of nutritionists agree that we should stick to unsaturated fats as replacement for saturated fats. Because fat plays such a critical role in the human body, it’s important to understand which fats help and hurt us. According to the International Journal of Health, there are two kinds of fats: the good cholesterol-reducing unsaturated fats, and the bad, saturated fats that increase cholesterol. A person who consumes a diet low in saturated fats and rich in unsaturated fatty acids will be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

According to the American Heart Association, foods containing the most saturated fats include: fatty beef, lamb, pork, creams, butter, and cheeses. According to About Health, some foods high in unsaturated fats include: nut butters, olives, avocados, seeds, oils and fish.

2. GMO-Free
Dieticians predict a rise in GMO-free labeled food consumption. According to GM Food Guide by Lesley Griffith, taking certain genes from various other organisms, like bacteria or viruses, and combining them with other foods create genetically modified foods. This is done for several reasons, including improved taste, nutritional value, longer shelf life, and reducing manufacturing costs. Unfortunately, GM foods may pose risks, like potentially damaging genetic changes, environmental effects and health risks like cancer or allergies. Because of the fear of these possible harmful effects, many products are becoming GMO-Free.

3. Green Tea
35 percent of dieticians select green tea as the drink of choice for its health benefits, but why? According to Proceedings of The Japan Academy, Series B Physical and Biological Sciences, green tea possess anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral effects. Green tea contains high levels of epigallocatechin gallates, or EGCGs, which contribute to this array of benefits.

To read the entire list of the 15 Top Diet Trends for 2015, click here. Some things never change, but health and food trends surely do.

We want to know: What are some of your favorite new health trends you want to try in 2015?

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@advmedcert.com
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