Wondering what the food and diet trends you can expect to see more of in 2020?
We have done the research to provide the low down on the types of foods and diet trends you can expect to see more of this year!
1. Plant-based proteins
Consumers are continuing to seek alternatives to meat and brands and retailers are making these options easier to find. 2019 saw more plant-based options than ever before, especially when it came to protein sources. While they’re nothing new, people are becoming more conscious about the sourcing of foods and therefore plant-based proteins are set to gain even more momentum this year.
From meat-mimicking products to vegan protein powders and plant based protein drinks, there’ll be a range of new ingredients used to create plant protein options such as mung bean, hempseed, watermelon seed and avocado.
The Flexitarian diet (aka flexible vegetarian) is a diet that promotes eating more plants and less meat. Thanks to the rise in plant-based eating and popularity of documentaries such as The Game Changers, we will see more people jumping on the plant-based band wagon to reap the health and environmental benefits without foregoing animal products entirely.
3. Probiotic drinks (e.g. kombucha, kefir)
Gut health has been trending for a few years and there’s been a lot of focus on probiotics (the good-for-you bugs). This year we predict that probiotic drinks will continue to rise in popularity.
Drinks like kombucha (fermented tea) and kefir (fermented milk) will continue to increase in popularity due to the health benefits and flavour.
Prebiotics are a type of fibre that promote the growth of probiotics (healthy bacteria). While prebiotics have been in the shadow of the living bacteria themselves, now there’s greater appreciation for these behind-the-scenes players for their role in improving the gut microbiome. Prebiotics are found naturally in a wide selection of foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and nuts. However, we also expect we’ll be seeing more foods fortified with prebiotics such as drinks and supplements. In a crowded marketplace for probiotics, brands be looking at prebiotics and the potential for symbiotic combinations as a way to innovate and stand out.
5. Non-dairy milk alternatives
2019 saw almost every nut – almond, sunflower, cashew, walnut having an accompanying milk version. More recently oat milk has been a crowd favourite and we expect to be seeing more of these options becoming available this year. Aside from just milks, the popularity of non-dairy yoghurts, cheese and ice cream is expected to rise!
6. Mindful eating
The mindful eating movement will continue to grow in 2020. While mindful eating itself is not a new concept – the science continues to stack up in regards to its benefits and we expect to see it becoming even more popular as people become fed up with the diet culture. Mindful eating is all about paying more attention when eating a meal and tuning into your hunger and fullness signals, along with the taste, texture and flavours of the meal.
7. Legume pasta
As the plant based trend continues into 2020 we’re expecting to see a surge in the already popular legume pastas. These colourful and nutrient rich pasta alternatives are mostly made with one simple ingredient like chickpeas, red lentils or green lentils, which makes them free from common food allergens, fillers, additives and binders. While we’re huge fans of traditional pasta, legume pasta contains almost double the amount of protein per 100g and over double the amount of fibre per 100g.
8. Alternative flours
It’s surprising just how many foods can be turned into flour! While the traditional wholemeal or white flour will always be a staple, there will be a rise in other types of flours such as oat flour, almond flour, rice flour, coconut flour, nut flours, chickpea flour, buckwheat flour and spelt flour.