Food trends from 2014 (Canada-version)

Good morning everyone,

Today's weather is looking a bit strange...it's going to start out clear, then cloud over and we'll see some rain this afternoon before clearing up again in the evening. 2015 is going to start on a cold note-we'll see a high of only 4C tomorrow and it won't be much warmer the next day...it'll be 6C on Friday and then slowly warm up until we see a high of 15C by the middle of next week.

Kale

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In Canada, there wasn't one but two shortages of kale this year, and it is going to stay popular. “I think we’re going to see more uses for kale — people are going to go to frozen kale and have it all year round, and maybe more ways to incorporate kale in the diet.” Look for other cruciferous vegetables, especially cauliflower, to get their turn in the superfood spotlight.

Gluten-free

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No, you haven’t been secretly allergic to gluten all your life. “Certain people definitely have a disease where they need to avoid gluten, but it’s become a fad without scientific basis,” according to scientists. “If you don’t eat bread and you don’t eat cookies or cake anymore, and you find you feel better and you actually lost weight, it’s not the gluten — it’s because you’ve stopped eating so many calories.”

Coconuts

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Coconuts became more than just a flavoring for tropical cocktails this year. Its oil does double duty as a healthy cooking alternative and moisturizer, its water is supercharged with nutrients, and its sap has been distilled into the hot, new sweetener. No other food worked as hard in 2014.

Butter might not be terrible for you. Maybe.

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The New York Times reopened the conversation about butter, but its reputation hasn’t been entirely redeemed. As long as everyone continues to use it sparingly. “It’s when everything you consume is swimming in butter and you eat a lot of other animal fats that it can be unhealthy.”

Eating for millions: Gut health

Researchers are linking more and more health issues to an imbalance in gut bacteria, from mood disorders to obesity. To keep your microbiome thriving, they advice getting your probiotics from naturally fermented products like cultured milk, sauerkraut and kimchi instead of supplements. “You can get a lot of really healthy bacteria from food.”

Detoxing got hotter than ever — and it’s still a myth

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“That word is so loaded, it sounds so ‘Wow,’” according to doctors, dismissing cleanses as ridiculous. “There is no research to back them, and if anything they can be harmful because some people can eat unhealthily for a few days and think it’s OK because they can detox.” You’re better off getting enough fibre than starving yourself on a juice cleanse.

Those were the trends back home from 2014. I wonder what will be popular next year...

Have a great day!


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