Health Trends for 2019

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Canada’s leading nutrition expert, founder and director of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, Meghan Telpner, dishes on which healthy food and lifestyle trends we’ll be seeing more of in 2019.

The 2019 Breakout Trend: Cannabidiol (CBD) Edibles

With the legalization and rising popularity of recreational cannabis in Canada and parts of the US, CBD edibles have moved well beyond pot brownies. Top chefs across North America are infusing CBD in everything from baked goods to grass-fed butter to fine dining favourites like emulsions, purées and cooked meat. Though larger cohort studies are needed to confirm the safety and benefit of long-term use, people are finding relief from anxiety, pain and other ailments with CBD. We’ll soon be seeing this ingredient crop up on menus and in ready-made foods, beauty care, and cookbooks.

More 2019 Health Trends

  • Medicinal mushrooms and herbs are finding their way into everyday food and drinks. Mushrooms like reishi and chaga are spiking everything from coffee to bone broth. Adaptogenic herbs like astragalus and maca can now be found in coffee bars and tea shops. These gems are helping regulate immune systems and lowering stress one sip at a time.
  • Ketogenic snack options are on the rise, fuelling workouts and workaholics alike as people experience accelerated recovery and clarity of mind when their body is powered by ketone bodies, the by-products of the breakdown of fatty acids.
  • Cassava flour, a grain-free fibre-rich ingredient, is fast becoming the choice alternative for baking thanks to the continued growth of the gluten-free and Paleo movement. Made from cassava root, this mild-flavoured flour is an easy substitute for wheat in baking.
  • Organic cocktails, with small batch artisanal infusions, are lending healing benefits to libations. While alcohol remains somewhat taboo in the health field, organic cocktails with a healing spin, are on the way.
  • Intermittent fasting is one of the fastest growing diet trends where eating is restricted to a six- to eight-hour window followed by a twelve- to sixteen-hour fast. With the benefits of weight loss, better digestion and blood sugar balance, people keep coming back for more, or more accurately, continuing to delay or skip breakfast.
  • Functional medicine testing is becoming more accessible as demand increases. This type of testing allows people to optimize their health in a precise way, empowering individuals to take an active role in their health care and disease prevention plans.

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