Research confirms that millennial or younger generation is more health conscious than the older generations. This is because of the increased awareness regarding health, wellness and fitness.
New research and trends are springing up with tall claims. Some trends may actually deliver what they promise and some may just fade away but it is worth keeping an eye on these trends.
Let’s have a look at the five most interesting health trends of 2019.
1. The keto-vegan diet
The ketogenic diet became quite popular in 2018 because it helped a lot of people with weight loss. However, the diet depended heavily on meat which was not taken positively by eco-conscious dieters. Cows and sheep emit methane which is 30 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide and are in fact, one of the highest contributors of greenhouse effect.
Eco-friendly dieters have evolved a new high fat, high protein diet based on the ketogenic principles without using animal meat. Without meat, fish, dairy or grains; there are little options left to eat except nuts, seeds, avocados and coconut. However, the diet is effective in reducing weight albeit in a boring, limited things to eat kind of way.
2. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting also known as 16:8 is when you eat in a window of 8 hours and fast in the remaining 16 hours. The diet is extremely popular and also seems to have favorable results. However, the only challenge is dealing withthe hunger pangs that hit in after 12 hours of fasting.
Some companies are now offering options of drinks that do not spike blood sugar level and satiate hunger cravings. Research confirms that intermittent fasting causes repair of cells and positive metabolic changes.
3. Understanding the Mesonutrients
Not everyone will be aware that proteins, fats, and carbs are known as macronutrients. Vitamins and minerals are known as micronutrients. Mesonutrients is a relatively new term used to describe the compound which is actually in these foods that make them so nutritious. For instance, curcumin is the active ingredient inside turmeric that gives it anti-inflammatory properties.
A research by Pullman London St Pancras hotel states that you would have to take 10 kg of turmeric to get the optimum curcumin intake hence a supplement is the more practical solution. A good knowledge of mesonutrients enables us to supplement and nutrition our body to the optimum capacity. Although a relatively new term, it is expected to rise in awareness in the year 2019.
4. Zero waste cooking
Zero waste cooking is a rising health as well as sustainability trend of 2019. Awareness about food waste has gradually made it to the minds of many people. A mere lettuce takes 25 years to decompose and according to USDA, 30-40% of the food produced in USA ends up in the trash.
Food in landfills gives birth to methane which is a dangerous greenhouse gas that is a major cause of the climate change. Not just environmentalists but also nutritionists are opting for zero waste cooking to save our planet and environment which can lead to health diseases in us and our children.
5. Growing importance of gut health
The relation between the brain and gut is being explored more and more by researchers. Gut microbiota has also been linked to both gastrointestinal and extra gastrointestinal diseases. Studies show that gut health is imperative to overall wellness and fitness and consumers are more careful about building a healthy immune system. Probiotics are present naturally in yogurt and kefir and will be added to other packaged foods such as cereal and soups to increase their nutrition value. This is why it is important to include all types of food in your diet.
Trends, fads, diets are all part of the fast paced world and something which you gave no attention to might be the next big thing in the nutrition world and vice versa.
It is important to do your research and stick to something which you can carry on in the long run. Moreover, you must keep it simple by following the simple yet effective method of healthy eating combined with some exercise.