EatingWell's Top 10 Food & Nutrition Trends for 2024

EatingWell’s High 10 Meals & Vitamin Tendencies for 2024

In 2023, we appropriately predicted traits like spritzes, copycat recipes and adaptogen drinks to be all the fashion. Meshing vitamin with the meals and actions you get pleasure from is particularly essential in your bodily and psychological well being, which was rightfully prioritized over the previous yr. And in 2024, we’re anticipating nothing much less. 

Focusing in your well being shouldn’t imply fully reducing out consolation and pleasure out of your life-style. You’ll discover that the meals and vitamin traits we’re predicting for the brand new yr mix wellness with pleasure—suppose enjoyable drinks with a gut-healthy punch and satisfying snacks, amongst others. 

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1. Hydration

Staying hydrated will stay high of thoughts, and with social media traits like “WaterTok” and Stanley tumblers being one of the vital seeked-out wellness presents, this most likely isn’t a shock. Throughout all Dotdash Meredith manufacturers (EatingWell is part of Dotdash Meredith) curiosity in articles about water and hydration grew 29% from final yr.

Dealing with dehydration is simply as essential, based on EatingWell readers. Articles like The #1 Meals to Eat When You’re Dehydrated and Does Dehydration Trigger Excessive Blood Stress? are a few of our most-clicked tales revealed this yr. We imagine this development will solely proceed to develop because the connection between hydration and optimistic bodily and psychological well being is turning into extra obvious. 

2. Caesar All the things

Datassential, a high meals and beverage information collector, is predicting Caesar salad to be cherished outdoors of your typical romaine base with greens like kale and asparagus taking over the creamy dressing. This doesn’t shock us, as views on caesar salad recipes grew 89% this yr in comparison with final yr on 

After our Caesar-inspired Roasted Cabbage Salad went viral on TikTok, we’re anticipating all sorts of greens to take over this development, from our Cucumber Ribbons Caesar Salad to our Kale & Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing. But it surely gained’t cease at salad; Caesar salad’s substances, particularly the dressing, will turn into elements of all your favourite meals. Assume: flatbreads, wraps, Roasted Cabbage Wedges and extra.

3. Useful Drinks

Final yr, we predicted different coffees as a high development for 2023—and Complete Meals has it listed as a development for 2024. With vitality drinks generally used as a espresso substitute, this can be the transition from the espresso different development we had been anticipating. Remember to be aware of your caffeine consumption all through the day as a few of these drinks can have greater than twice the quantity of caffeine as your common cup of Joe.

This yr, we’re increasing this development by together with prebiotic and probiotic sodas (views on articles about probiotics had been up by over 1400% on this yr), electrolyte-infused drinks (curiosity in articles about electrolytes had been up 100% on this yr) and extra into the combination. Drinks touted to have added well being advantages—whether or not it’s to maintain you energized, motivated or enhance your intestine well being—are what we’re calling the “useful beverage” development to look out for.

4. Specializing in Intestine Well being

Talking of gut-healthy sodas, we’re noticing a significant uptick in curiosity in meals and drinks centered on supporting intestine well being—curiosity in subjects like gastrointestinal well being grew 60% this yr in comparison with final yr on—so we’re totally anticipating that fermented meals and probiotic- and prebiotic-rich substances might be a major focus for the yr to come back. 

Plus, gastroenterologist-approved recommendation is not going to solely be wanted, however it will likely be seeked out. We seen articles like The Greatest Vegetable for Intestine Well being and Straightforward Meals Swaps to Enhance Intestine Well being that includes insights from gastroenterologist Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, M.D. had been particularly intriguing for our viewers all through 2023.

5. Excessive-Protein Snacks

Protein is an extremely essential nutrient that your physique wants to remain sturdy and satiated, and in 2024, we’re anticipating it to get the popularity it deserves. EatingWell has seen a progress in curiosity for plant-based protein by 41% because the begin of 2023, and protein powder stays a distinguished ingredient with a 58% progress. 

An increasing number of accessible sources of protein have gotten accessible in the marketplace, and a high class is snacks. Whether or not it’s your basic nuts, path combine or yogurt or new and improved protein bars and chips, we’re prepared for the protein takeover on the grocery cabinets.

6. Meals for Menopause

As celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Oprah and Naomi Watts open up about menopause within the public eye, the “taboo” matter is turning into fairly the alternative. Assets for menopause and perimenopause are extra accessible, and Google’s information is seeing a rise in well being traits with phrases like creatine and menopause being extensively searched collectively.

There are meals that may assist relieve menopause signs, together with sizzling flashes, so we predict {that a} menopause-friendly consuming sample will begin to be a magnet for many with out the stigma.

7. No Added Sugar

With dessert traits highlighted in 2023 like date bark, customers are wanting merchandise which can be low in added sugars or haven’t any added sugars. EatingWell’s information reveals views on articles about added sugar grew by 1200% since final yr. After we discuss added sugars, we’re referring to sugars from sweeteners, syrups and honey—not naturally-occurring sugars present in fruits, greens and milk. 

8. Mocktails

Nonalcoholic drinks have turn into extra well-liked over time, and we’re solely anticipating the mocktail development to develop. In Pinterest Predicts, the social media’s development prediction roundup for 2024, tropical booze-free drinks are anticipated to be sipped on all yr lengthy—pineapple mocktails had been looked for 70% extra this previous yr. 

Particularly, we’re speaking about alcohol-free drinks which have the flavour and really feel of well-liked alcoholic drinks might be on the rise this yr. “Individuals nonetheless wish to socialize and wish their drink expertise to be particular as in the event that they had been ordering a cocktail,” says Alex Loh, EatingWell’s affiliate meals editor. “They wish to comply with a low-alcohol or no-alcohol life-style.” With traits like Dry January and Sober October rising in recognition every year, we’re anticipating the expansion of a sober-curious society.

9. Ice Baths and Chilly Plunges

Chilly plunges are being added to every day routines, and it’s turning into the newest anti-inflammatory wellness development that celebrities are endorsing. Google’s Year in Search for 2023 listed water chillers for ice baths as a high searched equipment.  

Whereas it could present well being advantages like rising circulation, rising your metabolism and lowering muscle soreness, it could trigger hypothermia and chilly shock for those who’re not cautious. Speak to a healthcare skilled to assist resolve what’s greatest for you and your well being.

10. Curiosity in Weight Loss Treatment

With medicine like Ozempic and pure choices like berberine receiving a ton of press for selling weight reduction, we’re anticipating a transparent uptick in weight reduction drugs—and presumably prescription requests—on the rise. Datassential reviews that 14% of customers have gotten extra interested by GLP-1 receptor agonist prescribed drugs, together with Ozempic and Wegovy.

“With extra weight reduction drugs getting authorized, we count on to see curiosity in them proceed to extend. It is essential to keep in mind that whereas these drugs aren’t proper for everybody and needs to be taken with precaution—identical to with any treatment—they’re a secure choice for many individuals with weight problems,” Maria Laura Haddad-Garcia, EatingWell’s senior vitamin and information editor says. “When contemplating weight reduction treatment, it is greater than a quantity on the size a person is ready to attain, however extra so, the opposite well being outcomes of lowering their weight. Are they in a position to transfer extra? Do they scale back the danger of sure power circumstances? Do they sleep higher? Does their high quality of life enhance? These are the questions we needs to be asking ourselves.”

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