Over the last half of the 1900s and well into the 2000s, food production has evolved, or in many cases, mutated into a mass production juggernaut industry.
Gone are the days when most food was produced and distributed on a communal, subsistence bases in whole, natural form.
Today, the food we most frequently have access to is processed and modified beyond recognition.
Even the food which retains most of its natural attributes is often genetically altered, pumped with hormones or doused in pesticides.
Until recently, such things were largely overlooked by consumers, and manufacturers cashed in on the ignorance.
Today, however, more and more information and evidence is unraveling the dominance of industrially processed foods.
The advanced understanding of nutritional science, along with the light speed proliferation of information and education, is opening people’s eyes to the realities of most of the crap we put in our bodies.
This is what has spurned the health food craze of our age. But besides just being a counter stance to unhealthy nutrition, there are many reasons health foods, especially some of the more fringe types, are gaining mass appeal.
The epicenter of the health food craze is, of course, the recognized need for healthy food.
In response to modern industrially processed foods and metabolic diseases their rampant consumption is responsible for, people have taken to alternative means.
But aside from an authentic desire for better nutrition, there is also the allure of fad foods.
Just like fad diets, there are now foods or ways of eating that symbolize a form of identity with people.
The identity of health consciousness is almost as important as the intended benefits.
That’s not to say all trendy health foods are not actually healthy but are just gimmicks.
We just want you to be able to remove the veil of hype and judge based on sound nutritional evidence, what is healthy, and is it healthy for you as an individual.
We want you to consciously discern what your body needs instead of blindly following a trend, healthy or not.
But to know that, you’ll need to know about nutrition and healthy food.
Good nutrition isn’t just healthy food, it’s also about having a healthy attitude and relationship with food and having food that has a good relationship with the environment it was produced in.
You can fall victim to disordered eating patterns with healthy food just as you can with unhealthy food or too much or too little food.
The neurotic obsession with healthy food is called orthorexia and can really put your lifestyle out of balance. It’s one of the sneakier forms of disordered eating because it comes disguised as healthy. Your attitude towards food should be conscious of your physiological needs and realities and not an obsession with fitting a certain standard.
Good nutrition is also sustainable and its production limits environmental degradation and unethical socioeconomic impact. It also aims to be as humane as possible when it comes to livestock.
In this article, we’ve shared with you 5 amazing healthy foods that are set to trend in the 2020s as delicious, nutritious and sustainable.
Kombucha is a fermented tea known for its amazing health benefits.
Due to the fermentation process, it contains cultures of live fungi and other microbes that when ingested, add to the micro gut ecosystem living in your colon.
The ecosystem is your gut flora and is responsible for many great health benefits including the limited manufacture of certain essential nutrients, as well as the production of short-chain fatty acids.
Kombucha is, therefore, a good probiotic food source.
Originally, it was just the drink that was enjoyed, but many different food variants such as sorbet and ice cream are now available with a fermented twist.
Fermented foods in general, besides kombucha, are making big waves and are set to dominate menus soon.
Foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut ( respective Korean and German fermented cabbage) are now big in cultures outside their origins.
In fact, Korean cuisine is the next wave in exotic eating and it’s more for its health benefits than its unique flavors.
A purple yam indigenous to the Philippines that is making waves due to its great nutrient profile and abundance of antioxidant compounds.
The purple color of the yam is caused by the anthocyanin pigment, which is also the active antioxidant.
Ube has gained popularity due to its use as an ingredient in desserts such as soft-serve ice cream and cakes.
However, it is important to note that these foods are typically not that healthy, and usually only use ube for its color.
Plant-based burgers are all the rage today.
Plant-based meat alternatives, however, have been around for a while.
Burgers are trending in particular just because of how converted this food is in western culture, and until recently, it seemed impossible to replicate an authentic burger experience through purely plant-based means.
Food science seems to have caught up, and now you can enjoy plant-based burgers with strikingly similar flavor and texture profiles to regular ground beef patties, all with sustainability and sound ethics on top.
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Alcohol is a seemingly irrevocable part of most modern and ancient cultures.
This substance has had a place in human tradition since it was discovered thousands of years ago.
But the fact is alcohol, or rather the level at which it is usually consumed is highly toxic.
It does the body little good and is not too dissimilar to other harsh, toxic recreational drugs.
In recognition of this hard fact, many people are reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption and replacing it with non-alcoholic beverages that mimic the taste and look of traditionally boozy drinks.
Non-alcoholic beers have been around for a while, but now we are entering the age of the mocktail. Unlike regular virgin cocktails, mocktails replace the alcohol with different interesting ingredients such as CBD or nootropic compounds.
With each new decade or generation, a set of new trends and fads comes along with it.
Just try not to get swept up by the hype, but at the same time, don’t avoid it as there might be something useful for you.
Just learn and consciously apply what works for your nutritional needs as an individual and not as part of a crowd.