Top 5 Diet Trends For 2019

It seems as if every dietitian has their own idea of dieting. Some say that you should eat more protein, others say you should eat more carbohydrates and one even says that you should stop dieting altogether. Like it or love it, those trends are here to stay. It also seems as if dieting is on the menu for yet another year. People begin making resolutions when we get close to the end of the year. It is seen in many different areas, including the health arena. People are interested in seeing what the latest in diet and nutrition will be, including the trendsetters and the fads. Even the U.S. News & World Report has gotten involved. They ranked the diets in their annual report recently and the Mediterranean diet came out on top. It can be difficult to say what is going to stay and what will go but here are a few trends that might just pop up on your radar in 2019. Gut health According to Mindy Haar, PhD, the Dean of undergraduate affairs at New York Institute of technology school of health professionals, gut health is going to continue to be popular. If you are looking for probiotics to take over the limelight, you really need to rethink your position. Fresh foods are likely to be the most popular because they have the ability to balance the microbiome. "In 2019, more individuals will seek their probiotics from fermented food and drink such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha tea,” Haar told Healthline. “Since high-fiber foods act as prebiotics fueling probiotic growth, there are now more reasons to consume fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.” Whole Foods also chimed in with their top 2019 prediction. They said that shelf-stable probiotics, including pastas and nut butters will be another trend to watch. Plant proteins According to some health experts, 2019 will see an upsurge of popularity in plant protein. It comes about as a result of environmental, wealth and ethical concerns and more people are going to be eating fewer animal proteins or perhaps even switching to a plant-based diet. More options will be available, including bean pastas, tofu, quinoa burgers and more. "Recent food trends have increased the consumption of avocado, kale, and quinoa… all wonderful nutrient-dense foods that should not be given up,” Haar said. “This year, dandelion greens, rainbow carrots, beets, and amaranth are the new popular kids on the block.” Intermittent Fasting Perhaps the hottest trend for 2019 has nothing to do with one particular type of food. It is associated with not eating altogether, at least on a temporary basis. Beth Auguste, RD, a registered dietitian nutritionist from Philadelphia is looking for intermittent fasting to become much more popular in 2019. "It’s easy to follow,” Auguste said. “It doesn’t require restriction of any specific foods, so it will not hinder your ability to eat away from home.” There have been positive results seen in certain studies associated with weight maintenance. You do need to be cautious, however, because fasting can have an impact on your hormones. Women who are nearing menopause age will see the best results from intermittent fasting but if you are pregnant or nursing, you should avoid it. Keto diet This was an eating plan that was quite popular in 2018 and it will continue to hold that title. Auguste said: "Low carb diets do work and this is another iteration." It is not recommended, for those who are not going to stick on the low-carb diet for a long time. A registered dietitian from New York City, Rachel Fine says that caution needs to be taken when it comes to the Keto diet. "Manipulating a state of ketosis is not recommended without the supervision of a doctor,” she said. High-fat diets can work well for weight loss and management but they don't increase burning fats. "Rather than manipulating fat burn via the diet, conditioning exercise and training is the best way to increase the body’s fat burn,” she said. It was noticed that the metabolites from carbohydrate metabolism are necessary to metabolize fat. "The two go hand in hand,” she said, adding that people need carbs and fats in their diets for optimal weight management. Hemp Cannabis and cannabidiol will continue to be a trend in 2019, especially as far as hemp is concerned. This is according to Mirna Sharafeddine, RHN, and Jenni Bourque, RHN, nutritionists from Canada. A number of food products can be made from hemp, including hemp seed oil and hemp seeds. The anti-inflammatory effects of the substance are often noted as a primary benefit. More research is necessary but as it increases, we may find that hemp-based products can make us healthier. Whole foods listed hemp as a top food trend for the coming year. "Hemp hearts, seeds, and oils are nothing new to food and body care lovers— they’re in everything from waffle mix to dried pastas,” the company stated. “But a new interest in the potential benefits stemming from other parts of hemp plants has many brands looking to explore the booming cannabis biz.” A registered dietitian nutritionist from Texas, Whitney Stuart agreed. She said: "Hemp and CBD will continue to infiltrate products as its researched benefits continue to release."