It’s 2019 and the superfoods industry is showing no signs of slowing down, especially when consumers are pushing for healthier and more organic options than ever!
But what is the newest trend for superfoods this year? Which ones should consumers be eating regularly to further boost nutrition and well-being?
Chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds have all become the rage last year and will continue to do so this 2019. This is according to dietitians who took an annual survey for Pollock Communications. These seeds are proven nutritional powerhouses – dietary fiber, protein, antioxidants, healthy fats – you name it and these seeds have it!
Beyond this, another reason why this superfood group continues to dominate the top list is its convenience in preparation. It can be eaten raw, garnished on meals, and made into smoothies.
Non-dairy products, have, over the years, steadily become a household alternative to dairy products as an abundant source of calcium. For example, instead of ordinary milk, consumers are now onto plant-based milk such as oat, nuts, and legumes. These superfoods are also nutrient rich sans the associated allergies and digestive problems one can get from dairy products. Coconut butter and vegan butter are good sources of calcium and protein.
In the past years, gut health has been discovered as one of the primary drivers of overall well-being. The microbiome in your gut is found to be responsible for several critical roles encompassing immune response, detoxification, mental function, and even emotional function.
Fermented foods promote gut health as it provides a sizable dose of probiotics into your digestive system. Yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha, tempeh and miso are just few of the fermented foods that give your gut a dose of healthy bacteria.
Dubbed as the next blueberry when it comes to nutritional density, golden berries are small yellow berries commonly found in North America. Golden berries contain all of the “anti” stuff that’s amazing for optimal health: antioxidants, antihistamine, and anti-inflammatory. Beyond that, golden berries contain a wealth of multiple vitamins and minerals, including, but not limited to, protein, beta-carotene, vitamins B and C, and fiber. It’s good for the gut flora too!
In addition to the four listed above, avocado, kiwi, blueberries, maca, coconut products, beets, cassava, and other fruits and vegetables are also listed as thriving superfoods in 2019. The bottom line is as long it is organic and nutrient packed, consumers flock to make it their healthy diet staple.
What with the lack of time to prepare elaborate healthy meals, superfoods that can conveniently be incorporated to smoothies and juices have taken center stage. In fact, brands have also gone kept up with the needs of consumers and created ready-to-drink superfood mixes!
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A Healthier 2019
With tons of superfoods available within our reach, consumption can be specifically tailored to each individual’s dietary needs and preference. To maximize its benefits, look to superfoods that are plant-based and organic. Go for those that can be consumed raw or easily prepared.
The list of superfoods is extensive, so make sure you can develop a diet plan that can benefit you fully!