Top Food Trends for 2007
Whole grains, portion control, and designed yogurts top this year's list of food trends.
By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
Whole grains, designer yogurts, controlled-portion packs, and products enriched with green tea are among the helping to satisfy Americans' thirst for what's new, hot, and sexy. Low-carb diets, sugar (and anything else refined and white), salt, high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, meanwhile, are out.
Trying to keep up with food trends can make your head spin. But it's a good bet that healthier eating will be on many menus this year. With 60% of adults overweight or obese and kids not far behind -- plus rising rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer -- many Americans are realizing that eating a more nutritious diet and getting regular physical activity is the best defense.
And restaurants and manufacturers are scurrying to find replacements for unhealthy trans fats, thanks in part to the Center for Science in the Public Interest and its efforts to get Congress to require labeling of trans fat content in foods.
Trying to predict what will be on the culinary horizon is always fun -- and always an inexact science. But based on events of past years, I have looked into my crystal ball to try to anticipate what we can expect to find on our plates in 2007. Here are my predictions:
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD and the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.
Published January 12, 2007.
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