Every year welcomes a new set of trends that bless the year with their prevalence. In fact, the entire year glitters with those trends moving around in circles until they finally depart. Last year, the food industry saw some really good trends. These included the dominance of probiotic supplements and the golden king turmeric. Portuguese food, sea vegetables, and pickles also shared the spotlight. However, as 2017 has come to a full stop and the present has unfolded itself, it’s time to welcome the food trends 2018.

Below is an in-depth look at the food trends that are going to grace your year. The focus revolves around all the diets that are going to prevail, the fitness regimes to cut back the pounds put, and all kinds of foods that have made it to the trend list.

  1. Prevalence of Medicinal Foods

The past year saw the dominance of probiotics. They were everywhere including in the form of supplements, powders, yogurts, and more. These rocked the entire year under the pretext of gut healing. Basically, probiotics play a pivotal role in regulating our gut health by maintaining the gut microbiome.

Any disturbance in the population of the gut bacteria results in various health issues. These include increased risk of diabetes type 2, obesity, and a weakened immune system. It is only natural, therefore, that probiotics will continue to hold the limelight in the present year too.

There is a companion that will be accompanying these bacterial probiotics though. Mahmoud Ghannoum, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading scientists who study microbiome. He has recently researched to dig deeper into the role of gut microbiota. In his study, he has found that not only do the bacteria pay a critical role in health well-being but fungi have a substantial role to play too.

The researcher elaborates, “The rapidly evolving field of the microbiome is highlighting exciting new discoveries showing that both bacteria and fungi play a critical role in optimizing digestive health. These studies are showing significant cooperation between bacteria and fungi that can impact our overall health and wellness.”

Therefore, you will be seeing not only bacterial probiotics but medicinal foods that include beneficial fungi as their central ingredient.

  1. Middle Eastern Spices and Flavors

Although flavors from the Middle East have long graced the Western kitchens, they are now going to play a more active role. Previously, we had falafel and hummus but now the trend aims at exploring more of the spices from this region.

Middle Eastern flavors can be traced to countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Morocco. Their spices have always inspired the other parts of the globe. It is only natural that food trends 2018 have given a rightful place to these herbs, spices, and flavors.

Some of the spices coming your way to add flavor to your dishes this year include harissa, turmeric, za’atar, shakshuka, and halloumi. Each of these will not only please your taste buds but also pose good advantages for your health. For instance, turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and a myriad of other advantages.

You can also expect to see spices coming from Northern Africa and Western Asia. Since plant-based dishes are going to reign our eating lifestyle, it is only natural that such spices are welcomed so that more innovative and good tasting dishes can be brought to the fore.

  1. Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean diet has made it into the food trends 2018, as it has been selected for the top slot in the Best Diet Overall. This position is shared with the Dash Diet but a place in this year’s trends was inevitable for Mediterranean diet.

As its name suggests, this diet is traced from the Mediterranean region. It involves lots of vegetables, fruits, seafood, and healthy fats. The diet plan is not extremely restrictive, so you can reap its benefits without cutting off several foods from your to-eat chart. You will have to be careful with sweets, processed food, and saturated fats though and keep their consumption to a low.

The health advantages of the Mediterranean diet are numerous. It helps to reduce weight with its focus on healthy food items. In comparison with a low-fat diet, this diet is far more effective in shedding the extra pounds as well improving diabetic symptoms.

The Mediterranean diet is also known for reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. So this food trend affords lots of advantages for your health and food preferences.

  1. Plant-based Diet

The food trends 2018 also focus heavily on plant-based eating. The number of veggie lovers is on the rise in the United States. It’s these swelling numbers that have pulled green eating to the fore of this year’s food planning.

More attention is also being paid to farming that promotes healthy foods and healthful eating. Subsequently, lots of attempts are being made to connect people with farmers. Alternatives to meat are also gaining prominence. A case in point is Daiya that provides alternative diets to meat.

Not only are plant-based diets part and parcel of the trend due to the population’s preferences. There are numerous health benefits too, which has strengthened the position of this diet pattern in the 2018 trend buggy. Some of these are diabetes prevention, improved vision, better skin, hypertension control, and a lot more.

You can also expect to see edible flowers in your dishes. Lavender is geared up to take the leading spot in this category. Floral-flavored beverages will also be making it to your tables with rose and elderflower being widely used in tres, coffee, and cocktails.

  1. Intermittent Fasting

As people enjoy their foods throughout the year, fitness will not be taking a backseat. You will be observing various new fitness trends. But one trend that is going to be jumping the bandwagon of food trends 2018 is intermittent fasting (IF).

Intermittent fasting is not a creation of the present times. In fact, it is a centuries-old practice that has regained the spotlight. It prevailed through much of last year. But, it seems that fitsters haven’t had enough yet, therefore, IF has come all the way to this new year too.

IF is also known as time restrictive eating. You wouldn’t have to count and cut calories and become involved in giving up most of your favorite dishes. This fitness regime is centered around episodes of eating and fasting. So, you get to schedule your eating pattern.

In your fasting cycles, food is banned. You can still sip coffee, tea, water, and other non-caloric drinks. Intermittent fasting is not only commended for its effective and easy weight loss but also for enhanced metabolism, and protection against disease.

Summing up, these are the main food trends 2018 that will prevail throughout the year. Along with these, technology will have a supreme role to play in the delivery of food. Startups relevant in this regard are already joining the front row and gaining steady popularity.

The main objective revolves around enriching health. The focus is on personalization as well. Let’s see how well the year blooms for the food industry.