We Had Coconut Water In 2017, Now Cactus Water Is The New Thing? Check Out These 2018 Food Trends!
Coconut water and charcoal ice cream are old news! Slide them back into the fridge. A range of culinary pros have drawn their conclusions on the best 2018 food trends that there is to offer, and some of them are pretty wacky.
1. Mushroom Coffee
We’re normally accustomed to having mushrooms in our omelettes or pasta, but topping our 2018 food trends list we have mushroom coffee. To create this strange coffee-alternative, the mushrooms are first liquefied and then powdered into your coffee. Sounds pretty wacky, right? Well, many are touting its health and wellness benefits. Some health experts, however, suggest that by powdering the mushrooms, you’re losing some of the nutritional benefits that you might find in its natural, fresh form.
While some nutritional value may be lost, it’s generally considered that mushroom coffee is very healthy and nutritious. The real question is are you bold enough to try it?
Moringa is native to the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, but today it is grown around the world in most tropical, subtropical, and semi-arid regions.
It’s beneficial as a food because of its ability to grow in a variety of climates, especially subtropical climates. In fact, Moringa grows in virtually all countries where malnutrition is widespread. As such, it may well prove to play a key role in a comprehensive plan to alleviate malnutrition throughout the world.
So, what’s all the fuss about? Well, Moringa has seven times the amount of vitamin C in oranges. It’s also packed with calcium and protein, with about four and two times as much as milk, respectively. When compared with common veggies, Moringa has four times the amount of vitamin A found in carrots, and three times the amount of potassium found in bananas.
3. Tree Waters – Birch, Bamboo, Maple and Cactus
The coconut water rage has taken over shelves across the world, but now we have birch, bamboo, maple, and cactus waters to join the club.
Tree water is pure sap tapped straight from trees, which contains electrolytes and a little hint of natural sugar. Maple water is high in manganese and contains other nutrients, yet some companies producing these will add extra sugar and sodium.
Many of us are already familiar with maple water. Each spring, maple tree farmers tap their trees to catch the maple water, which is also known as sap. That liquid is made up of about 98% water and 2% sugar. While most of us haven’t tried pure maple water, it’s likely that you have tried the sticky-sweet by-product known as maple syrup. So, if you’re a fan of pancakes and syrup, why not give maple water a try?
4. Non-Dairy Yogurts
2018 has seen a huge increase in non-dairy yogurts, including brands made from almonds, coconut, soy and flax seeds.
Plant-based yogurt offers a great way to pack fibre, calcium, and protein into your diet—not to mention probiotics, which are great for digestive health. These vegan yogurt brands use almonds, coconuts, cashews, soy and hemp to achieve the perfect consistency and taste. Once you try them, we guarantee you’ll be hooked!
5. Cricket Powder
Yes, you read that heading right. For 2018 food trends, cricket powder is an exploding new fad popular with some of the world’s more audacious health-lovers. Cricket powder and other cricket-based products, including energy bars and insect breads, are becoming a strong trend in 2018.
Believe it or not, crickets are extremely nutritious. Here are some of the quick health benefits of crickets;
- Crickets have up to 69% protein
Protein helps your body to build lean muscle mass and support metabolism, growth and immune function. Protein also helps satisfy hunger, keeping body composition goals on track.
- Contain 9 essential amino acids
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein that we must get from food, making insects the ideal ‘complete protein’ source for optimal health.
- Good for you gut health,
The exoskeleton of most arthropods – such as insects, spiders, and crustaceans – is rich in prebiotic fibre.
Health benefits aside, crickets are also extremely sustainable and economically practical. Crickets require less food, water, land and feed than any other form of traditional animal protein. Better yet, they’re sustainable, delicious (supposedly!) and unbelievably healthy.
Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric has been used in East India and the Middle East for thousands of years, and is now one of the most highly-prized spices in the world. It’s actually unclear what exactly turmeric was first used for. Whatever the reason, its peppery flavour and unique kick has made it a modern staple in nearly every country in the world.
In the west, you’ve probably noticed turmeric popping up in cafes, bars and restaurants. Turmeric coffees, chips dusted in turmeric powder and turmeric smoothies and martinis are all common ways this superfood powder is packed into the Western diet.
One serving of turmeric offers you 26% of your daily intake in manganese, as well as 16% of your iron intake. It’s also an excellent source of fibre, vitamin B6, potassium, and healthy amounts of vitamin C and magnesium.
Ultimately, whether you buy into the craze or not, it’s still extremely important to look after your diet, health and nutrition. For more information on finding a healthy diet and treatment plan that’s right for you, or to book an appointment, contact us on (03) 9470 1010. And check out our Northern Spinal & Sports Injury Clinics in Reservoir and Melbourne CBD.