Top Food Trends 2016

As with everything else, food trends vary each year, and foods that were in high demand just a year or two ago can often end up not even featuring on this year’s menu. Below are some foods and food-related trends that have become extremely popular as of late.

Fat is no Longer the Enemy

The days of believing that fat-free or low-fat foods are healthier are over. Research has shown that the body requires certain amounts of fats in order to function optimally, which gives you an ideal reason for tucking into those raw nuts, avocadoes, fish dishes, eggs (yes, even the yolk) and organic meat products. Bacon is no longer taboo either, provided that it is free of cancer-causing substances such as sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite. Another great reason to add those healthy fats into your diet is that they enable you to feel full for longer.

Verified GMO-free and Free Range Foods

More consumers than ever are becoming aware of what is being served on their plates, which is why they are demanding transparency with regards to GMO-free foods. As a result, restaurants, farmers and distributors are going to great lengths to source a wide range of GMO-free meat, chicken, fish, pork and produce items. In fact, Whole Foods Market currently offers consumers more than 11,000 verified GMO-free options in its aisles and it plans to expand this offering substantially.

Alternative Options

As more people are discovering that they are allergic to various foods or food groups, they are requesting more options. Some of the most common alternatives include dairy milk alternatives such as almond milk, rice milk and soy milk, while vegetarians can now enjoy an extensive range of meat-free burgers, hot dogs and other foods as well. In addition, the demand for highly refined and processed foods is dwindling fast, which has led to healthier food choices being made by many people. Companies who don’t remove harmful or unhealthy ingredients or options from their menus could see themselves being boycotted.

More consumers are becoming aware of their carbon footprints as well, which is leading them to choose as many foods as possible that are grown and sourced locally. Food trends like these mentioned above could very well go beyond ‘trend’ status to become mainstream options in the near future, especially as more consumers are realizing that they literally are what they eat.