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5 Food and nutrition trends for 2020

By Jessica Tong, RD on March 09 2020 | Nutrition & Recipes

Trends in the food and nutrition world seem to change as quickly as the 52-week fashion cycle, but there’s good reason to get excited about the food movements you’re going to see in 2020!

Keep reading for my roundup of five positive trends to look forward to this year:


1. FERMENTED GRAINS

Despite the low-carb trend in recent years, fermented grains are bringing bread back into the spotlight! The fermentation process predigests the grains, making them easier for us to digest. Fermentation also reduces the grain’s phytic acid content, an anti-nutrient that can reduce mineral absorption. We should start feeling good about enjoying a slice of locally-made fermented bread!

 

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2. SEASONAL POP-UPS

Like a pop-up shop, but for the season’s most delicious crops, pop-up restaurants and dinner events that focus on seasonality and local ingredients are making it easier for people to feel the planet-to-plate connection. Check your community’s local food blogs for information about dining experiences near you!


3.ENVIRONMENTALLY-CONSCIOUS EATING

What we recognize as healthy eating also happens to be what’s best for the planet, but there is going to be an even greater focus on environmentally-conscious eating in 2020.

As Chef Charles Michel, a champion for conscious eating, says: “Infinite growth does not work in a finite planet.” – Expect to see foods packaged in fewer single-use plastics, beeswax wraps will become even more popular (for wrapping cheese and produce), and your neighbours might even start growing their own produce. It’s about time we saw — and, more importantly, participated in — changes like these!


4. NUTRIGENOMIX®

Rather than following an existing dietary trend, imagine knowing exactly what to eat in order to optimally nourish your body at a cellular level. This is a reality in 2020! It’s called Nutrigenomix®, a personalized nutrition analysis to help you eat according to your genes. Using a simple saliva sample, we can test 45 genetic markers to assess nutrient metabolism, cardiometabolic health, body composition, food intolerances, eating habits including fat, sugar, starch taste perception, and physical fitness. Dietary planning is, then, tailored to prevent, manage, or improve various areas of health based on the body’s genetic makeup.

 

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5. THE FLEXITARIAN DIET

Also called “semi-vegetarian diet”, this flexible diet encourages mostly plant-based foods while allowing meat and other animal products in moderation. If you’re looking to adopt a healthy and unrestrictive diet, a flexitarian eating pattern may be for you.

The concept invites you to follow healthy principles, such as eating mostly fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, emphasizing plant-based proteins, enjoying occasional meat dishes, and limiting added sugar and highly-processed food. Interested in learning more about the possible benefits of this diet on your health? Click here to book a consultation with a Medisys registered dietitian.


It’s going to be a marked year for food and nutrition advancements. At once, expect to see the industry embrace a slower and more mindful pace with more local, environmentally conscious choices available to consumers, while also celebrating cutting-edge science as the study of nutrigenomics becomes more mainstream. Would you like to learn more about Nutrigenomix at Medisys? Click here.