Foods Hitting the Headlines in 2022
As we emerge from two years of sour bread, banana loaf and lockdown living, it is time to look at those foods that are making headlines. Many of these foods have a strong health focus and this probably relates to the fact that globally, communities have come to appreciate how important good general health is in fighting illness.
The move towards natural and sustainable is also driving the direction that the food and drinks industry is going and this in turn will lead to ingredient manufacturers and suppliers looking for ingredients to fulfil this need.
Here are some of the more interesting trends emerging:
Hibiscus has a high vitamin C content, making it great for boosting the immune system. Look out for Hibiscus-flavoured yoghurts, functional sodas, fruit spreads and of course tea.
This superfood that has been identified by World Health Organization (WHO) for its ability to fight malnutrition. Moringa is now being included in desserts, protein bars, chocolates and even grain blends. It’s a miracle leaf with 7 times more vitamin C than an orange and 15 times more potassium than a banana.
These interesting drinks harness the power of herbs and spices and are tasty as well. There are a number of brands offering ready to drink spiced cocktails and this trend is likely to grow even more in the year 2022.
There is nothing new about the goodness and health benefits of herbal teas, however the pandemic highlighted their usefulness. People are using herbal teas to relieve stress & anxiety, improve sleep and boost immunity. Some of the popular herbal teas are chamomile tea, yellow tea, oolong tea, white tea, matcha tea, earl grey tea and Kashmiri Kahwa.
Fermented foods have become big news. Fermented foods such as kefir, natto, miso, sauerkraut and kombucha they contain a lot of probiotics, which are good for the gut. These foods not only improve the gut but boosts immunity and weight loss as well.
Selenium is an essential trace mineral that helps protect the body from free radicals which increase the risk of various diseases such as cancer. Selenium is also responsible for the function of the thyroid gland and protects the body from various infections. Look out for Selenium-rich foods such as brazil nuts, mushrooms and eggs.
As the plant-based revolution continues, alternatives to animal products will continue to emerge. Potato milk will give other plant-based milk such as oat milk, soy milk and even almond milk a run for their money.
Plant Based Meats
This is still a major area of growth as people want to significantly reduce their meat consumption but aren’t ready to go full vegan. This probably will mean there will be a trend for plant-based meats.
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[Source: Times of India]