Top 10 Food Trends of 2017: What's In, What's Out

Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN | Feb 17th 2017

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It’s the start of a new year, and you may have already noticed some new food products that are making headlines this year. Here are 10 products you will likely see making an appearance at your local supermarket in 2017.

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Ancient grains

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Quinoa has been popular over the past few years, but you will now see other grains such as teff and sorghum making an appearance in products including cereals, bars, and snack foods. These gluten-free whole grains offer more options for baking without traditional wheat flour.

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Gluten-free noodles

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“Zoodles” became popular last year with the introduction of spiralizers that can turn your zucchini and other vegetables into low-carb noodles. You will soon see gluten-free noodles made from kelp and lentils, which offer high-protein options for low-carb noodles.

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Coconut products

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Coconut oil has become a popular staple in the pantry. Look for even more products that contain coconut, such as milk, flour, sugar, and coconut water. These products offer more dairy-free and gluten-free options for those with food allergies and intolerances.

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Tapioca products

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As with coconut, flour made from tapioca is a great gluten- and dairy-free substitute for your baked goods. Look for more products that contain tapioca, such as cereals, cookies, and cereals.

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Seeds such as flax, chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, and even watermelon pack fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats. Seeds are a great substitute for nuts in recipes if you are baking for someone with a peanut or tree-nut allergy.  Look for more products that substitute seeds for nuts.

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Fermented foods

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Foods such as kimchi, miso, kefir, yogurt, and sauerkraut contain probiotics, which are helpful bacteria for gut health. Look for products such as chips, popcorn, and juices with added probiotics. These foods can be especially helpful for people with chronic irritable bowel syndrome.

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New greens

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Kale has been extremely popular, particularly for those who like juicing.  Be on the lookout for even more healthy greens in your grocery store, such as seaweed. Seaweed is rich in nutrients and low in calories, and contains calcium and iron.

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Salt-free spices

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The American Heart Association lowered its recommendations late last year for sodium, encouraging Americans to eat no more than 1500 mg per day. Look for more salt-free spices and seasonings, incorporating spices such as ginger and cloves. Cooking with salt-free spices can help you to avoid processed foods high in salt.

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Ugly fruits and vegetables

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Look for more exotic and even “ugly” fruits and vegetables in the produce section. These foods were once discarded because they didn’t look “normal.” But it’s become trendy to buy blemished apples, two-headed potatoes, and imperfect carrots. This movement has resulted from an effort to decrease food waste and preserve crops.

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Plant-based products

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Look for even more plant-based foods from food manufacturers, a trend that we’ve continued to see over the past few years. Green Giant recently released “Veggie Tots”— tater tots made from cauliflower and broccoli.  These products offer great options for parents to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their kids’ diets.