hai, millet and spelt) and coconut oil.
Garcinia Cambogia was the hot diet pill.
So what diet trends are taking place in 2015?
Garcinia Cambogia combination products
Garcinia has been the most popular natural diet aid since 2013 BECAUSE IT WORKS.
The new trend is combining it with other natural products to achieve even better results.
In particular, Green Coffee Bean extract
The Hydrochloric Acid (HCA) in Garcinia Cambogia inhibits the formation of fat through an enzyme, while the same time the Chlorogenic Acid in Green Coffee Extract slows the release of excess carbs and promotes the production of energy from fat and glycogen.
Green Tea is also very commonly used with Garcinia, and sometimes other natural products like Raspberry ketones, Yohimbine and others
Read more about popular Garcinia combination products here
Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin or Black seed)
The Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders published a study last June systemically reviewing the literature for plants that have anti-obesity properties and discovered that black seed oil was amongst the most effective natural remedies on the planet. (15)
Not traditionally believed to treat obesity, Nigella sativa is a marvelous anti-inflammatory agent that is known to help people lose weight in the same way that it helps diabetics. Specifically, by decreasing these weight gain triggers, black seed oil has helped millions shed excess weight: (16)
- Glucose absorption in the intestine
- Liver gluconeogenesis
- Blood glucose levels
Read full article on Top 7 benefits of black seed oil
Also known as the Blackbrush, this herb comes from central Mexico and Texas. Native Americans have been using it for generations because of the many benefits that it provides.
There are many amines and chemicals naturally occur in Acacia Rigidula, including hordenine, amphetamines, tyramines, tryptamines, dopamines and more, that promote the production of epinephrine (adrenaline), noradrenaline, catecholamines and dopamine. These hormones increase metabolic rate, break down fat and decrease appetite.
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Kefir – A More Powerful Probiotic Than Yogurt
Some microorganisms can have beneficial effects on health when ingested (4).
Yogurt is the best known probiotic food in the Western diet, but kefir is actually a much more potent source.
Kefir grains contain about 30 strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it a very rich and diverse probiotic source.
Other fermented dairy products are made from far fewer strains, and don’t contain any yeasts.
Bottom Line: Kefir contains about 30 different microorganisms, making it a much more potent source of probiotics than other fermented dairy products.
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Teff, Quinoa, Millet
Quinoa and millet continue to be as popular as ever, but it’s not the only ancient whole grain you should watch out for. Whole Foods Market Culinary Content Editor, Molly Siegler, agrees that teff will be the hot, new (old) grain. A grass first cultivated in Ethiopia, teff is high in calcium, iron, fiber, and protein with a mild, sweet, and nutty taste. It’s also naturally gluten-free. Teff works well in a main or side dish, in baked goods, or as a substitute for cornmeal in this Teff “Polenta” with Sautéed Chard recipe
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Kale continues to reign supreme but there’s a new green stepping into the spotlight. If you’ve bought beets with their leaves still attached, don’t toss them without giving them a go! Vitamin A-rich beet greens or beet spinach look similar to chard and even people who hate beets say they love beet greens. At Everyday Health, we like to use beet greens in smoothies and soups, swap them into a recipe that calls for spinach, kale, or collard greens, or sauté them for an easy side dish which cooks in just a couple of minutes. For a salty snack, try these Crispy Baked Beet Green Chips.
New Nordic Diet
Contrary to its name, the New Nordic Diet (NND) isn’t actually new, it’s just recently become recognized by more health experts who acknowledge it’s ability to aid in weight loss and improve overall health. It has rightfully earned a place as one of the diet trends you’ll see in 2015, as awareness of the health benefits from recent studies continues to spread. With a focus on whole foods, seafood, nuts, seeds, and small portions of lean wild meat (or free-range meats as an alternative), NND provides variety, flavor, and loads of nutrients.
Like many dieters, you’ve probably tried diets that focus on one type of food or cut out several food groups. Then, if you begin eating what you’ve cut out, you gain the weight back—fast. But when following New Nordic Diet, you get to eat a lot of food groups while buying local and organic foods, and being environmentally friendly. It can help with weight loss, reduce body fat, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
This term might not be something you’ve heard before, but flexitarian basically refers to being a vegetarian who eats meat on occasion. It’s kind of like vegetarianism with cheat days or treats, with meat being the prize. The flexitarian diet is all about eating plant-based foods that provide a plethora of vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and minerals that contribute to better health. On this diet, you’ll eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and small portions of meat. Tofu is a common food for both vegetarian and flexitarian diets—it’s an effective replacement for meat and a vegetarian favorite, since it’s a good source of protein.
Unlike the vegetarian diet, the flexitarian diet is often considered even better for you in regard to weight loss and overall health. Why? A common problem vegetarians face is not getting enough protein in their diet. While grains like quinoa and other non-meat foods like tofu are high in protein and can help prevent this from happening, many people find adding small portions of meat is easier to ensure a balanced diet
The DASH diet isn’t a new concept, but it continues to make the cut as one of the most effective diets, largely due to how effective it is for weight loss, and how balanced and good the diet is for your overall health. DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was created as a way to fight and prevent high blood pressure. There’s nothing fancy about this diet— you’ll have variety and choices. Some of the heart healthy and other nutrient-rich foods in the diet include fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, lean meats, chicken, and fish.
With how easy it is to follow and incorporate DASH into your diet, it’s definitely a crowd-favorite. It doesn’t cut out any major food groups like a lot of other diets, and the health benefits are vast, from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, to reducing the risk of certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. Many dieters who follow DASH for their weight loss goals easily continue to follow the diet and continue to reap the health benefits after their goals are met.
Modified Paleo Diet
If you’re regularly online, follow the news, or are frequently on social media, odds are you’ve heard about the Paleo diet. Its popularity steadily gained momentum over the past few years, and 2015 is bound to see even more people giving it a try due to its effectiveness for fairly significant weight loss. The downside is that it can be difficult to follow because it cuts out quite a few food groups. Luckily, Paleo diet’s growing popularity has resulted in a ton of recipe websites, cookbooks and food bloggers that make it easier to follow.
The concept of the Paleo diet is that you only eat foods that hunter-gatherers ate. It’s often referred to as the caveman diet, and consists of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, lean meats, and fish. On the other end, it cuts out sugar, grains, and legumes, to name a few. There’s been some controversy about it because a strict Paleo diet cuts out too many foods, including vital nutrients. But you can modify the diet to ensure you get the vitamins and nutrients for good health. If needed, consult a dietician or your doctor for guidance.
Gluten and Wheat-free Still in Demand
Even though there have been critics to Dr. William Davis’ book Wheat Belly, gluten-free eating is often assumed to be a healthier way of eating. While many need to eat gluten-free because of health issues like Celiac Disease, others have cut out gluten to lose weight or in an attempt to improve their health. However, there is a lack of evidence that wheat or gluten-free food results in weight loss. Baked goods with alternative flours such as quinoa, rice and potato are so good that today’s consumers are using them as wheat substitutes for their breakfast items, desserts and snacks.
Lower Carb Not Out Since Ancient Grains Are In
Even though consumers are watching their carbohydrate intake, they are not eliminating the healthier ancient grains. Quinoa, spelt, freekah, millet, faro, buckwheat and amaranth are a top trend in 2015.
Low Fat is Gone
Low carb is still strong amongst dieters while low fat is no longer seen as healthy. Low fat can still have a high sugar and high caloric content.
Butter, Coconut Butter, Coconut Oil
Everyone seems to be on the coconut oil bandwagon today. Coconut oil claims to promote heart health, weight loss and boosts your immune system. Coconut oil contains more saturated fat than butter, and in the past we were recommended to stay away from all sources of coconut. The latest studies indicate that more than 50 per cent of the saturated fat in coconut oil is from lauric acid which does raise your bad cholesterol (LDL), but it boosts your good cholesterol (HDL) even more, which reduces your risk of heart disease. The remaining 50 per cent of the saturated fat apparently has little effect on your blood cholesterol.
Grass-fed Dairy and Meats
For steak and cheese lovers looking for healthier choices, try grass-fed versions of your favorites, which have grown in popularity in the past decade and will continue to, as shoppers ask for more options, predicts Stallone. Grass-fed meats and dairy are from livestock whose diets are limited to grass and forage, such as legumes, and they naturally contain more omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which promote heart health. Since grass-fed meats tend to cost more, we stock up at wholesale stores like Costco and BJ’s to get the health benefits at a lower price.
Nut-Based Vegan Cheese
Keep an eye out at the market for emerging vegan cheese varieties. “Everyone’s favorite staple – cheese – gets a healthy makeover. Nut-based cheeses are made from [alternative milks such as] almond and macadamia nut milks but prepared in traditional cheesemaking style.
Vegans and traditional cheese lovers alike will appreciate them,” forecasts Cathy Strange, Whole Foods Market Global Cheese Buyer. Depending on the milk and preparation used, vegan cheese can have several benefits, such as a boost in vitamins E and B12 from almond milk.
If you need to avoid gluten or are simply looking to make baked goods more flavorful, consider gluten-free flours. There are many different types but some of the most popular choices are coconut flour, almond flour, and chickpea (or besan) flour, each with various nutrient levels. Both almond and coconut flours are good sources of fiber, while chickpea flour, a staple in Indian dishes, is high in protein. When baking, Everyday Health Editor Ashlee Davis prefers coconut and almond flours. “I think they give my baked goods a lighter, moister texture, with an even richer taste. It’s fun to pair them with other naturally sweet ingredients like bananas, pumpkin, and dates. The combined flavors are delicious.” Premixed all-purpose, gluten-free blends are also available and are better suited for baking recipes.
We hope you enjoyed this little update on Diet and Nutrition Trends for 2015!
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