People are more food, health, and image conscious than ever. And if you’re a restaurant, being conscious of what food and lifestyle choices people are going to be making can give you a huge advantage over your competition. So let’s take a closer look at what is coming in the way of food and diet trends in 2019 that you can implement into your menu for more attention and more profit.
Gut health is the first trend consistently making its move in food and dieting over the last few years and is now poised to make a bigger push than ever.
“Back in 2017, our experts predicted the naturally occurring probiotics in fermented foods like kimchi and “pickled everything” would blow up the food world. In 2019, expect even more innovative probiotic integrations in food…”
Mindy Haar, PhD, the associate dean of undergraduate affairs at the New
York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Health Professions, believes
that gut health will continue to gain traction. Probiotic pills, though, won’t get the limelight. Fresh foods that can balance the microbiome will.
“In 2019, more individuals will seek their probiotics from fermented foods and drinks such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha tea,” Haar told Healthline. “Since high-fiber foods act as prebiotics fueling probiotic growth, there are now more reasons to consume fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.”
So, finding ways to integrate these microbiome enhancing foods into your menu is definitely something to consider.
Low carb diets such as Keto, paleo, and a vast number of other low carb lifestyles are still very much at the forefront of the health and fat loss frontiers. “A number of health experts believe that 2019 is the year of the plant protein.” In addition, “Health, environmental, and ethical concerns will cause more people to eat less animal proteins”. So, adding some plant-based options to your menus such as bean pastas, soy, tofu, or quinoa is more than a reasonable idea.
Hemp is also a great option to consider, as it is also trending in both food and dieting for its versatility and anti-inflammatory effects. “Hemp hearts, seeds, and oils are nothing new to food and body care lovers— they’re in everything from waffle mix to dried pastas,” the company stated. “But a new interest in the potential benefits stemming from other parts of hemp plants has many brands looking to explore the booming cannabis biz.”
Hemp food products are still yet to make it mainstream, but they are coming up fast and definitely something to keep your eyes on, particularly in you live in a hemp/cannabis-friendly state.
Un-Dieting and Intuitive Eating
Lastly, with more attention than ever on health, nutrition, and food science, research is disproving the effectiveness of dieting, shifting the focus of people’s attention from fat loss to health. People are realizing, albeit slowly, that un-dieting and intuitive eating is an anecdote to all the fads and trends. And focusing on foods that help people feel good is ultimately going to have a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of your restaurant and customer
retention and satisfaction.