Nutrition Trends: My Projections for 2015
- Inflammation - Consumers will become more interested with the role that inflammation plays in chronic disease development and learn about the big picture of inflammation. This will hopefully lead to promoting fruits/vegetables, fatty fish, nuts and seeds, omega-3s, legumes and ancient grains and discouraging sugar, trans fats, processed foods, excessive grain/starch products, fatty and cured meat products. There is potential for the message to get confusing when discussing things such as types of omega-3 fatty acids (ALA vs EPA vs DHA), proper supplementation, analyzing omega-6:omega-3 ratio, and dairy intake.
- More ingredient-specific food marketing - With words such as "Natural" and "Superfoods" being recognized as simply media hype, consumers are starting to get more savvy with reading the ingredient list - which means food companies are going to get more savvy with pushing the "good" and denouncing the "bad".
- Consumer push for GMO information - The debate on GMOs and their impact is only just starting. With the call for more transparency in the food supply, labeling GMO presence is starting to become the standard. Many still aren't sure what to do with this information, but getting it on the label will help further the discussion.
- Let's get cooking and gardening - This has been on the up and up for years, in large part due to the social media boost of instagram, pinterest boards, and rise of the DIY and food blogging realm. The cacophony begins to organize itself into more concrete messaging and useful layman resources.