Food trends for 2021

Food trends for 2021

According to nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth, these will be the biggest trends in healthy eating in 2021.

Number one is post-biotics. We know what probiotics (beneficial bacteria for the gut) and prebiotics (food for probiotic bacteria) are, and that both are essential for optimal gut health. Postbiotics are the metabolites (or end products) of the fermentation that occurs in the gut, they have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and can help strengthen the immune system and improve the gut barrier. Post-biotics can be found in some foods containing probiotics, such as kefir, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and kimchi.

Number two is self-brewed coffee. A recent survey by coffee company Melitta found that 45 per cent of respondents had used the new method of making coffee at home compared to 2019. And a similar number of people (46 per cent) expressed an interest in improving their brewing skills at home. Sales of Starbucks prepackaged coffee for home brewing increased by 17 per cent in the last quarter of this year. Also, according to Nielsen, plant-based creamer sales rose 30 per cent in 2019. Younger consumers like to experiment with cream to replicate coffeehouse drinks.

Also among the food trends will be products created by artificial intelligence, home-grown microgreens, adding kelp to dishes, products that help fight global warming and new spice blends.