What new and exciting trends might 2020 bring?
To find out what the new year might bring food-wise, we consulted expert Katherine Carithers, MHA, RD, LDN, and the clinical nutrition manager at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
Below are three top trends to look out for in 2020.
Oat milk consists of steel-cut oats or whole groats—whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain, as well as the endosperm of the plant—which are soaked in water, blended, and then strained with a cheesecloth or a special nut milk bag. The leftover oat pulp has the bulk of the fiber and most of the protein in the oats, with the liquid or ‘milk’ that results having just some of the nutrients in oats.
So, what should you keep in mind when buying oat milk?
“Not all brands are the same and that it is important to read labels,” Carithers said. “Unless it has been fortified, oat milk will not naturally contain calcium.”
It’s also important to know that oat milk contains less protein and more carbohydrates than dairy milk.
“Oat milk may be a good option for people who do not tolerate dairy milk,” Carithers said.
Low-Carb & Grain-Free
These options can be great for certain meals throughout the day, Carithers explained. They’ve also gotten more awareness as celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian and Al Roker have touted their merits.
“A low-carb or grain-free lifestyle may be helpful for certain disease states but can be challenging to stick to long term,” Carithers said. “If following this type of lifestyle, be sure to eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables to promote fullness and increase fiber intake.”
This is a very healthful lifestyle, Carithers said. “It can be healthful to adopt if trying to lower cholesterol by reducing saturated fat. The food journalist Michael Pollan says, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
People have become more plant-focused in recent years and that is a good thing.
“Incorporating more plants into your diet is always recommended. Choose a variety of colors to make sure that your diet is rich in vitamins and minerals. Be sure to incorporate plant-based protein such as beans, lentils, nuts, whole grains, and soy, especially if avoiding all animal products.” Carithers said.
For more information on healthy trends to take into the new year, speak with your health care provider.