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Top Nutrition Trends For 2008

As we depart from a time when more was better in terms of food, we're seeing a different direction in nutrition trends to watch in 2008. Instead off "added," we'll be seeing "natural," and I couldn't be happier. The Chicago Tribune is predicting the top nutrition trends to watch in 2008. Here are the highlights from the story:

  • Junk-free foods: The Mintel Global New Products Database predicts companies will be more aggressive in removing additives, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors and "otherwise unknown ingredients" from products to have "clean labels" and to make junk-free claims.
  • Naturally nutrient-rich: Even though sales of pumped-up foods and beverages have been soaring, a backlash against heavy fortification may be brewing.
  • Ethical eating: Growing concerns about the environment, animal welfare and fair trade are fueling companies to declare their commitment to these issues on food labels.

There are more interesting trends so

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  • Phytonutrients: These natural plant compounds with names that don't exactly roll off your tongue — polyphenols, flavonoids, quercetin, lycopene, lutein and anthocyanins — are about to go mainstream, according to food trends analyst Elizabeth Sloan, owner of Sloan Trends, Inc., predicts.
  • Better-for-you kids' food: Lynn Dornblaser, a new products analyst for Mintel, predicts more fruit snacks that actually contain fruit, juice drinks with less sugar and more organic foods for kids.
  • Inner beauty: Beauty-from-within products (dubbed nutricosmetics or cosmeceuticals) are claiming to erase wrinkles, give you shinier hair and even make your lips look fuller.
  • Brain food: Certain food compounds — from omega-3s in fish oils to flavonoids in cocoa — may have the ability to improve memory, sharpen concentration and even reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Being good to your gut: Nearly 200 new products touting digestive health benefits were introduced this year, according to Datamonitor, an online research firm.

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Spectra Spectra 9 years
One more thing about fair trade stuff...one thing you DEFINITELY should be buying fair trade is coffee. Fair trade coffee costs about the same as regular coffee, but farmers of FT coffee get approximately $6/lb, while they only get about $2/lb or less for regular coffee. I buy my coffee directly from Honduras and Nicaragua via a program that my church is involved in. Local women down there pick the coffee and roast it, then bag it up and send it to us. We send them money and stuff and it works out really well. So buy fair trade coffee!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My colon surely needs some better foods...
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
If I make crudités I should say...which I do frequently for the 'phews.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Interesting - I do choose fair trade foods but I insure that they are truly "fair trade and ethical foods" before I purchase and consume them. My primary concern is more the human aspect. Treat people fairly and with dignity first then they can learn to treat their surrounding the same way.Naturally nutrient rich was always mother's motto. The only one I don't really get is the "junk free" junk food. It's unnecessary snacking-unnecessary food stuffs which we would still term junk food. Yeah, you took out the preservatives but its still well a space filler for "real food" give your kid some fresh veggies, fruit, cheese or yogurt. Why has it got to be a cereal bar without preservatives but with 200+ calories? Geez, my brothers and I used to fight over who got the best apple or orange out of the fruit bowl after school. If I crudités my nephews are all over it, devouring the raw veggies before any dip can ever be completed. Somehow we've gotta figure out how to power cars of the gas people can produce when they eat raw veggies.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Interesting - I do choose fair trade foods but I insure that they are truly "fair trade and ethical foods" before I purchase and consume them. My primary concern is more the human aspect. Treat people fairly and with dignity first then they can learn to treat their surrounding the same way. Naturally nutrient rich was always mother's motto. The only one I don't really get is the "junk free" junk food. It's unnecessary snacking-unnecessary food stuffs which we would still term junk food. Yeah, you took out the preservatives but its still well a space filler for "real food" give your kid some fresh veggies, fruit, cheese or yogurt. Why has it got to be a cereal bar without preservatives but with 200+ calories? Geez, my brothers and I used to fight over who got the best apple or orange out of the fruit bowl after school. If I crudités my nephews are all over it, devouring the raw veggies before any dip can ever be completed. Somehow we've gotta figure out how to power cars of the gas people can produce when they eat raw veggies.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I like the probiotic trend that's going on right now. Most people eat such crap most of the time that their digestive systems are in chaos. Instead of taking a laxative to get rid of constipation, it's a much better idea to regulate your system naturally.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I read this in the Chicago Tribune. Love it.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I love that things are getting to be better more naturally. We don't need so many chemicals in EVERYTHING!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I love that things are getting to be better more naturally. We don't need so many chemicals in EVERYTHING!
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