2014 nutrition trends to follow and not follow

By Diane Sullivan RD

Houston County Public Health


Spring is almost here, and with the change from winter to spring we can renew and find ways to get going into a healthy habit routine at the dinner table. Here are some of the most recent food and nutrition trends to help motivate and guide us in the right direction in 2014.

A recent poll of 500 registered dietitians conducted by Today’s Dietitian and Pollock Communications, unveiled a forecast for the top food and nutrition trends of 2014.  Several of the trends happening this year include:

1) Fruits and veggies first. Eating more servings of fruits and veggies was ranked the most important diet tweak to improve overall health this year.

2) Health is a hot topic. At the grocery store, almost ever dietitian surveyed said “health” is important to shoppers. The supermarket dietitian is the fastest growing job in grocery stores these days! Seek their help if you see them.

3) Being more comfortable the weigh you are. The number of consumers who are comfortable with being an unhealthy weight seems to be on the rise this year.  Try not to follow this one!

4) People are celebrity doctor, trainer and chef obsessed. These folks continue to stir up food and dieting dialogue.

5) Personal opinion often overrides research. An overwhelming amount of consumers’ nutrition knowledge is based on personal opinion rather than research and it looks like an increase of misinformation in 2014.

6) Health bloggers are hot.  Consumers are more frequently turning to healthy lifestyle bloggers for a daily dose of workout inspiration, nutrition knowledge and delicious healthy recipes.

7) Consumer interest lies in nutrition and weight loss. More people are interested in nutrition and diet information.

8) The low-fat trend is finally fading. Consumers are adding more fat back to their diets since recent studies have shown that “low fat” doesn’t necessarily lead to less body fat.  So use your olive oil, avocados and bacon… in moderation, of course.

9) Kale, coconut oil and chia craze continues. Kale and chia seeds are two of the hottest super foods as of late and coconut oil – rich in plant based saturated fat – will remain widely popular.

10) Ancient grains are “in” again. They’re back and nutritionally superior to many modern-day, refined grains. Some to check out this year include quinoa, wheat berries and millet.

As a consumer, are you a trend setter or follower? Take the time to explore and enjoy new foods you choose at the grocery store and the recipes you find. The end result will be the prepared home cook meal that is healthy and tastes great for you and your family.

For additional trends for the 2014 year refer to the blog by Elle Penner, RD.