What's New in Diet and Nutrition Trends

Experts weigh in on the latest food and diet trends.

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

Our fascination with self-improvement shows no signs of waning, and there's no shortage of new diet trends aimed at helping us meet our health goals. Watchers of food and nutrition trends say the road to better health is paved with new possibilities -- along with some old ones that are poised to make a comeback.

While the trend for low-carb diets appears to be past its prime, according to experts, trends that are on the way up include:

  • Whole-health diets.
  • Back-to-basics eating plans.
  • Exotic dietary influences.

Just the Basics

"The biggest trend I see is a back-to-the-basics approach -- getting away from highly processed foods and back to whole foods," says nutritionist Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, a national spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Similarly, trend forecaster Gerald Celente predicts a turn away from the "strictly weight loss diet book" and a move toward what he calls "whole health" eating -- diets that not only help us lose weight, but live a healthier lifestyle.