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The 10 Biggest Health Food Trends of 2018, According to Natural Grocers - Wellness Trends

From The Kitchn - December 7, 2017

Food is about a lot more than just flavor and enjoyment. I love bacon cheeseburgers and milkshakes as much as anybody, but I ca not eat them all the time. What we put into our bodies has a huge effect on our health, performance, how we feel, and how long we live. So humanity is constantly looking for new foods, or new information about old foods, that can help our bodies.

The new year is traditionally a time when people get more interested in health and wellness. According to Natural Grocers, which put together a panel of nutrition and wellness experts to predict the year's biggest nutrition trends, in 2018 wellness means putting collagen in your coffee, buying organic, and trying brain-boosting mushrooms.

According to Natural Grocers, these will be the 10 biggest nutrition trends of 2018.

1. Collagen

You may have noticed all your favorite wellness bloggers adding powdered collagen to their coffee lately, and it looks like the trend is only going to grow in 2018. Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the human body, and it's also what makes skin look smooth and supple. People have been applying it topically and trying to boost their bodies' production of it for decades in an attempt to make their skin look younger.

Now collagen has moved over from the cosmetics aisle and become the trendiest new superfood. You can buy capsules to take as vitamins, or powders to add to smoothies, coffee, oatmeal, soup, or whatever else you can think of.

2. Detoxing foods

Juice cleanses and week-long fasts are losing popularity. Instead doing a sudden detox week to "clear out toxins" every few months, people are reportedly looking to fill their daily diets with more "cleansing foods" that "help facilitate the body's natural detox processes." Sulfur, vitamins C and E, selenium, and zinc are all credited with detoxifying powers, so a few popular "detox foods" are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green tea, and arugula.

3. Organic

Organic foods are still going strong, and demand is only increasing.

4. Pasture-raised animals

"Grass-fed" is not just about beef anymore. In the interest of animal welfare, protecting the environment, and personal nutritional benefits, people are turning to grass-fed and pasture-raised animals for many animal products, including eggs, milk, butter, and cheese, in addition to meat.

5. Black seed oil

6. Keto diet

7. Traditional medicine

8. Drinking vinegars

9. Hidden vegetables

10. Botanicals to boost brain function

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