You’ve heard of kale, but have you heard of these odd health foods? On a quest to incorporate more wholefoods in our diet, we uncovered 6 food trends taking the health world by storm.
The rising popularity of the keto diet (less sugar, more fats) has led to a boom in demand for healthy fats – including butter. While not traditionally associated with health, new research suggests that including some saturated fats in your diet can actually be good for you and reduce your risk of heart disease. To get on board with this trend, pop a square of butter and a teaspoon of MCT oil in your mug of black coffee.
This pretty, pink fruit (known as ‘pitaya’) is native to Central America and southern Mexico and is rich in fibre, antioxidants and magnesium. It tastes similar to pear and kiwi fruit – soft, creamy and slightly sweet. Slice it in half and scoop it into your mouth, or add it to juice or smoothie bowls for a health kick.
‘Healthy’ ice cream
While ‘health’ and ‘ice cream’ rarely occur together in the same sentence, a new trend is emerging which is changing the status quo. Say sayonara to plain-old chocolate and vanilla and hello to flavours like tahini, avocado, coconut water and hummus. Rich in protein, fibre and other nutrients whilst being low in sugar, it’s the perfect healthy treat on a hot day.
Pleasantly nutty and versatile, hemp seeds are backed by science to provide a host of health benefits. These little seeds are packed with omega-3 and omega-6, plant-based protein, vitamin E, arginine, GLA, phosphorous, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium – the list goes on. Throw some on your cereal or add some to a smoothie.
It turns out that seaweed actually makes for a pretty good noodle alternative for those on certain diets – it’s wheat-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium, carbs, calories and fat. While it doesn’t sound like they contain a whole lot, these simple, translucent noodles are rich in minerals like iodine, calcium and iron, making them great for those with thyroid issues and low iron. As they are low in fibre, however, ensure that you get enough fibre from the rest of your diet (veggies and seeds are great). Try them out the next time you make pad thai or ramen.
Boasting plenty of probiotics, antioxidants, fibre, selenium, and vitamins A, K and C, kimchi is a bit of a wonder food. This flavourful dish is made from fermented vegetables like cabbage and radish, as well as garlic, ginger and a number of spices. Consider making it at home or buying it the next time you’re out – you’ll find it at most Korean restaurants and Korean supermarkets.
With so many quirky and delicious health foods on the market, it makes sense to give each one a try – you might just find your new favourite dish!