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Superfood Trends We Will Be LOVING This Year

In 2017 we had chia seeds, kombucha, almond milk, goji berries and matcha flavoured everything leading the charge in superfood trends. You literally couldn’t open up your Instagram app without seeing a post about any of them! 

Since 2018 has officially kicked off, here are the new superfood trends that are expected to pop up and become inescapable. 

Specialty Mushrooms

You might’ve already heard about shiitake, reishi and maitake mushrooms, but prepare to hear about these a lot more this year. Chinese and Japanese healers have been using these kinds of mushrooms for contrite to treat numerous aliments and people are going nuts for them already. 

A number of mushroom powders and supplementary drinks have already popped up and are being promoted for their immune-boosting and healing capacities. 

Hemp

Low-THC hemp seed foods are now able to be sold in Australia due to new legislation. This means you’ll most likely see hemp ice cream, hemp beer, hemp protein infused foods, and hemp seeds making their rounds this year. However, if you’re eating hemp and holding out for any “special benefits”, expect to be disappointed. 

Although hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, hemp plant seeds do not contain a tradable amount of THC, which is the hallucinogenic component of marijuana. 

The reason this superfood will kick off is due to its ability to be used as a complete protein that contains essential amino acids. As the food picks up in popularity, you’ll probably see it in your social feeds as a component to muffins, smoothies, or even yoghurt. 

If you want to give it a shot, be wary that it’s more expensive than chia seeds and it has a distinct flavour that not everyone would love. 

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Adaptogens

This is the name given to a group of plant foods that apparently have an anti-stress effect in the body. The most commonly known adaptogens are rosemary, liquorice root and the ever popular turmeric. It is hypothesised that this specific range of plants have anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Turmeric has already popped up in latte form but the reality is that the cuisines these foods appear in seem to offer the health benefits, not the concentrated supplementary forms. 

Vegan

Vegan foods are one of the fastest growing categories in supermarkets so expect to see a lot more vegan-friendly products this year. Alternatives to dairy-based options will continue to grow with vegan-friendly milk alternatives increasing. 

Tofu, tempeh and grains such as quinoa are also expect to see growth as meat alternatives as they can be used to mimic the texture and taste of meat. 

Time to go grocery shopping and get onboard with these new food trends! 

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