Nutrition

5 of the Hottest Current Diet and Nutrition Trends

I tend to have a hard time trying new foods.

We live in a society privy to so much variety when it comes to food that with all the new fads passing through, it can sometimes seem easier to just stick to what I know and not branch out to try new things.

However, what compels me to be a little more adventurous is having some knowledge and understanding of these trends to back them up.

So, to get you all up to speed on what is trending in the diet and nutrition world, here are five of the hottest current topics.

1. The Wheat Free Diet

Wheat and bread

The wheat-free diet focuses on cutting out the certain portion of your carbs that contain wheat products.

We hear about gluten-free and low-carb diets all the time, but the wheat-free diet is something that has recently become more prevalent in the dieting world.

Hearing the words wheat and gluten used interchangeably, it is easy to forget that the two are actually different.

While all wheat has gluten in it, not all gluten comes from wheat.

Gluten is a protein that occurs in wheat, but it is also in other products such as barley and rye.

We know that wheat is in many things such as bread and flour products. But it’s also added to so many other products such as salad dressings, soups, and even ice cream.

So cutting out wheat may be a little trickier than just changing the bread you eat.

However, unless you have a health condition that doesn’t allow you to eat gluten, the wheat free diet is really just a trendy way to cut carbs.

Benefits of Going Wheat-Free

There are several advantages to this form of carb-cutting.

For one, when you cut out wheat, you’ll be simultaneously cutting out many forms of processed foods as a byproduct. You’ll also most likely be increasing your consumption of whole grains.

This can promote more nutritious eating habits.

Eliminating wheat can also reduce your carb intake, which can assist in quicker weight loss results.

By cutting out wheat you can also increase your protein intake by replacing wheat products with foods high in protein.

Disadvantages of Cutting Out Wheat

While you may be eliminating processed foods, you might also be eliminating foods rich in fiber when you go wheat-free.

Whole wheat tends to be a common source of fiber for many people, which is necessary for the digestive system.

Cutting out wheat can also be extremely difficult.

Wheat is in a lot of the foods we eat, whether at a restaurant, in a granola bar, or fast food, and it can tend take a lot of time and energy to replace it with other foods.

But overall, this is a diet that can be beneficial for those who enjoy it, and are able to stick with it.

2. Jackfruit

A jackfruit

Not only is jackfruit super nutritious and versatile, but this fruit also thrives in climates that may ruin many other crops.

While it is one of those super foods that you probably haven’t heard of much unless you frequent tropical and subtropical areas, it can be purchased at most local Asian markets and even some mainstream grocery stores!  

The possibilities for use almost endless.

“It’s a very versatile fruit,” says Nyree Zerega, a plant biologist at Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden who studies “underutilized” crops. “It can be your main meal and your dessert all in one.”

Just about every part of this fruit can be utilized for food.

The seeds can be roasted and eaten, as well as ground into flour.

The ripe jackfruit is sweet and interchangeable with mangos on sticky rice.

The unripe jackfruit can be made into chips, noodles, used in curries, and can even utilized for “vegan pulled pork” do to its stringy consistency!

It is an excellent source of protein, potassium, calcium, and iron, but be careful not to sit too close to one of these trees!

While jackfruit is packed with nutrition, it is also the largest tree-borne fruit in the world weighing up to 100lbs.

Keep an eye out for this bright, yellow super fruit it is definitely worth trying!

3. Power Bowls

A power bowl

This nutrition hack is one of my personal favorites.

The idea of a power bowl is to basically pack in as much nutritional value as possible, catered to your taste preferences!

These tasty meals are similar to loaded salads, but rather than having lettuce as the base, you incorporate a base of nutrient rich grains or something similar that is more filling than just salad.

There is no limit to the variations of power bowls!

Incorporate what you enjoy eating.

Here are a few guidelines to help you pack the absolute most power into your bowl!

Base

This is the sustenance of your power bowl. Anything from quinoa, to garbanzo beans, rice, or any grain, this portion of your bowl will provide a filling base to leave you full of energy.

Protein

Your protein will also be filling. Grilled chicken, bacon strips, really any meat, or you can even add different beans or hard-boiled eggs. (Read this to learn which high-protein foods are best!)

Vegetables

If you want to get as many nutrients as possible in your bowl, add assorted vegetables such as cooked carrots, cucumber slices, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. Add some color and flavor with your vegetables!

Seasoning

This is where you can play around with flavors even more. You can stick to your favorite salad dressing, or start branching out with herbs, garlic, oil and vinegar, and so on. There are limitless dressing recipes that you can try, that will add that special kick to your power bowl! 

Creativity

Remember, there are no rules to power bowls. Find things you like, but push yourself to try new things! I tend to find certain things that I love eating in my power bowls, and stay content with that, and then someone shows me something new and I feel like I have been missing out! Try new things, and enjoy these tasty meals.

4. Pulses Food

A bowl of peas or beans or something

Pulses are an entire family of superfoods!

By definition, pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family, including all beans, peas, and lentils such as:

  • Baked beans
  • Red, green, yellow and brown lentils
  • Chickpeas (chana or garbanzo beans)
  • Garden peas
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Runner beans
  • Broad beans (fava beans)
  • Kidney beans, butter beans (Lima beans), haricots, cannellini beans, flageolet beans, pinto beans, and borlotti beans

Incredibly, plants in the legume family assist in promoting sustainable agriculture due to their ability to limit greenhouse gases, as well as nourish the soil they are planted in.

Consumption of these foods has amazing benefits as well.

Benefits of Pulses

-They are a source of high protein with very little fat.

-They are an important source of protein for those who may not eat meat.

-Pulses are high in fiber, and dietary fiber is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and type-two diabetes.

-Pulses are also extremely rich in iron, and are great to add to your power bowls!

5. Using Black Seed Oil for Weight Loss

A bottle of black seed oil

These little black seeds found in Nigella sativa, a small flowering shrub found the Middle East, Western Asia, and Eastern Europe, are a historical wonder.

Black seeds form this little shrub have been used in remedies for thousands of years and were even found in King Tut’s tomb.

More recently, they’ve been used for other purposes, particularly the oil extracted from them.

Black seed oil is known to have antioxidant properties, assists in relieving internal inflammation, and provides a number of other health benefits.

Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Reducing high blood pressure: Taking black seed extract for an extended period of time can assist in normalizing blood pressure levels.  

Reducing high cholesterol: Taking black seed oil has been shown to reduce high cholesterol. It’s high in healthy fatty acids such as linoleic and oleic acids that can assist in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

Improving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: Taking oral black seed oil may help to reduce inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Decreasing asthma symptoms: The anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil may extend to improving asthma symptoms.

Reducing stomach pain: Eating black seeds or taking black seed oil is associated with relieving stomach pain and cramps. The oil can help to reduce gas, bloating, and even ulcers.

Weight loss: When it comes to utilizing black seed oil consumption for weight loss, there are not many studies out there that corroborate the fat loss, or appetite suppression, that this oil is often advertised for. However, because of its antioxidant properties, black seed oil can help the digestive system work more smoothly and can decrease internal inflammation in the stomach.

When mixed with a healthy lifestyle, black seed oil can be a tool in your kit to helping your body work at an optimal level. But like anything else there is not a magic seed or pill, that will just shed the pounds.  

Know Your Trends

Surrounded by ever-changing and emerging trends, remember to take a moment to do your research before hopping on a new bandwagon.

It is great to try new things, but remember that not all trends are good for you and your health.

Branch out and try new things, but make your personal health the priority in doing so!

These five current hot trends may or may not be a good fit for you, but are all worth trying!

Take today to be adventurous and try something new.

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Siena Becker

Siena Becker

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