Like fashion or gadgets, food trends also come and go, with each new year bringing a host of ingredients that nutritionists consider to be on the rise. Factors such as the inherent nutrients, the ability to tackle dietary issues, the ease of availability, and versatility help diet experts figure out what foods are on the up when it comes to health and fitness. On the basis of these, here are some foods that experts suggest would make the ‘ trending’ list for 2018.

Hydrogen Water

With infused hydrogen, this water is richer in antioxidants that keep the free radicals at bay

While regular water is made of two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen, is neither alkaline nor acidic. But when it infused with hydrogen – either by adding magnesium to it or through the process of electrolysis- it is known to become richer in antioxidants. A study published in the Journal of Medical Gas Research found that when ingested hydrogen acts as an antioxidant, clearing up the free radicals. Free radicals are the reason behind inflammation and accelerate skin ageing and cancer.

HTWO is a popular brand of hydrogen infused water and claims that more than 16 gold medalist athletes have benefited from the HTWO water. Though the science behind the benefits of hydrogen water is a bit flakey, it does have a crisp flavour that might grow on you. Next time you want to try something more than purified water, give this a shot.

Golden Milk

Known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric milk provides a warm respite after a hard workout

You aren’t entirely Indian until you have had ‘haldi doodh’ or turmeric milk at least once in your life. Cold – haldi doodh, fever – haldi doodh, sore throat – haldi doodh, hay fever – haldi doodh. It would lead someone to believe that ‘haldi’ – turmeric – was some kind of panacea. That might be stretching it a bit, but to be honest, turmeric does so much good for the human body that it should be right up top with water and air. Turmeric or golden milk has been making the rounds since last year. But in 2018 it might just take centre stage.

The primary reason for turmeric’s health benefits are the phytochemicals called curcuminoids. These curcuminoids are known to have various positive effects on the body. They have antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory and adaptogenic in nature, as well as a host of others. Unfortunately, the curcumin content of turmeric is only about 3 percent and is even more negligible in bottled golden milk. That being said, next time you see an incoming bout of flu, do yourself a favour and chug down some turmeric milk before heading to bed.

Cannabis-Infused Foods

With the legalization of marijuana in many of the United States, edibles are the most sought after snack to help you de-stress

Though marijuana is legal in eight American states ( plus Washington D.C. ), this trend might take years before it catches up in India. Internationally, it’s not surprising that these tasty edibles will most likely become the new superfood. Edibles come in many forms and most commonly include baked goods, candies, gummies, chocolates, lozenges, and beverages. With edibles becoming more and more acceptable, you can now actually get an entire cannabis-infused meal, starting from the fish fried in CBD oil to the classic weed brownie. Consuming marijuana in the form of edibles has long-lasting pain relief and works better on muscle spasms as compared to smoking it. But surely, it will take longer to show an effect when you eat it and might be as useful for people needing immediate medical marijuana relief.

With over 65 percent of Americans supporting legal marijuana, expect to see a wide variety of tasty treats and snacks to help you get through your day. But we recommend you reserve your cannabis-infused meal for the nights as it can still get you high even though you are not smoking it.

Plant-Based Meats

With actor and activist, Leonardo Di Caprio also backing cruelty-free meat, vegan meat is becoming the new crowd favourite

It’s time to rejoice for all the vegans and vegetarians! Though previously shunned, the tofu jerky ( the vegan version of the beef jerky) is finally going to see some light this year. With the rise in the awareness of cruelty-free foods, more and more companies are experimenting with ways to process plant-based protein into foods that look and taste like meat.  Vegan meats are largely made of proteins derived from beans and legumes combined with various flours.

Vegan meats don’t necessarily mean that package of Vegan Orange Meat, it could simply mean substituting chicken for tofu or tempeh. Other substitutes for meat include jackfruit, vegetable derived protein ( largely includes dehydrated soy, which can be hydrated into burger patties, meatloaf, etc.), roasted jackfruit, and mushrooms.

Popped Sorghum

Popped sorghum is a better and tastier alternative to traditional popcorn

Make way for the new popcorn on the block. Well not corn exactly, but Popped Sorghum. Similar to popular Indian snack Makhana, sorghum is a whole grain that has been used in India and Africa for decades due it’s drought resistant properties, that is it can be cooked in half the water of corn, making it the new sustainable superfood. It is also rich in fibre and is gluten-free. With a softer texture, popped sorghum tastes almost the same as popcorn. What makes sorghum better is that it doesn’t have the hull like popcorn.

So, when sorghum is popped it won’t get caught in your teeth like regular popcorn. Great, right? With regard to nutrition, sorghum has 6 grams of fibre per 100 grams while popcorn 13 grams, probably due to the presence of a hull in corn.When it comes to minerals, sorghum has 3 times the amount of calcium as popcorn and 50 percent more iron. Go on then, grab some of this popped snack for tiny hands.

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