We tend to be a bit picky when it comes to new food trends. We want our food to be convenient, healthy and tasty. Luckily, nutraceuticals are able to accomplish all three while providing a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and junk foods.
Drinking Bone Broth is a new trend that has taken off in America and Australia. Bone Broth is made from beef and chicken bones, providing loads of vitamins, minerals and protein. Bone broth is another great healthy addition the Paleo Diet. This broth helps maintain strong bones, reduces joint pain and inflammation, and promotes healthy digestion. Bone broth is told to cure almost anything that ails you, even the common cold.
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The U.S. Dietary Guidelines is now shifting away from animal protein and towards plant protein. The consumption of red meat has been linked to a higher risk of developing certain cancers, therefore consumers are trying to avoid or limit red meat intake. The demand for protein is growing, but instead of the source being from animals, it is now nuts, seeds and pulses, which include dry beans, chickpeas and lentils.
Maintaining Digestive Wellness
There is new information connecting digestive imbalance with conditions such as brain disorders, respiratory conditions, liver problems and cardiovascular illnesses. These new learnings have caused functional food and beverages, such as non-dairy milk, yogurts with probiotics, beetroot and kale, to increase in popularity. Another hot trend is Kombucha drinking vinegar, which is an effervescent tea containing probiotics. Consumers are focusing on ways to increase fiber in order to decrease blood sugar and cholesterol. Manufacturers are responding to this increase in demand by incorporating a fiber derived from chicory root. This special fiber can be found in everyday foods such as granola bars, cheesecakes, cottage cheese, brownies, fruit-flavored snacks and cookies.
Addressing Age-Related Conditions
Wouldn’t you like to alleviate symptoms of aging? The top diseases that are associated with aging include heart disease, cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis. Heart disease, arthritis and cancer all have one thing in common – inflammation. The demand for products that can help decrease inflammation is increasing. We now see many products that include Turmeric, which is a spice that calms inflammation.
Another common dietary supplement used to alleviate symptoms of aging is resveratrol. A marker for the onset of macular degeneration is the adaptation time that it takes your eyes to adjust to the dark. A way to reduce this adjustment time is by taking a dietary supplement that contains resveratrol.
The nonstop lifestyle is finally starting to catch up to people, causing sleep deprivation to rise. Adults are more reliant on caffeine throughout the day to keep their energy levels high. In order to keep up with the demand, caffeine is being re-engineered with micro-bead technology to deliver time-released energy. This innovation solves the problem of the jitters from consuming too much caffeine at one time. While consuming caffeine, they are also looking for zero calorie sweeteners, such as stevia, monk fruit and erythritol.