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#Nutrition Trends 2017: Our dietitians’ predictions

These are the nutrition and dietary trends that we think will sweep 2017. You will certainly recognize some of them, such as the famous “free from” diets, but take a few minutes to go through the other trends. You’ll definitely find something new to try.

“Free From” Diets

Whether it is gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP-free, dairy-free or sugar-free (etc.!), it seems that the fashion of the thing-free diet is here to stay. Good news for people who suffer from celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies or other intolerances!

Veganism and Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism is not new, but it seems that veganism is going to have a wave of popularity this year. In addition, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have recently confirmed that a vegetarian diet can be effective in better managing diabetes. For more ideas on how to add protein substitutes to your diet, see the section on alternative protein.

No Waste

Here’s a trend that we hope will outlast 2017, since it’s important not only for our health, but the health of our planet to reduce waste! Get inspiration from our different articles for tips and tricks on how to use (or reuse) kitchen waste and leftovers.

Alternative Proteins

2016 was the international year of legumes and it seems that they will continue to be popular in 2017. There’s no lack of choice in legumes either with beans, chickpeas, peas, soy, edamame, or lentils (many of which are grown in Canada!). All are good choices. Nuts and seeds are great for reducing meat intake while still providing all the protein you need. For the more adventurous, why not try insects?

Microbiome

The microbiome is currently one of the most interesting areas of research, so there is a good chance that we will find it on our trend lists for years to come. Why is the microbiome so interesting? Studies have linked our intestinal tract to several diseases including certain cancers, several diseases of the digestive system (including irritable bowel syndrome) and even obesity. Here you’ll find the information to know what foods to eat to optimize your microbiome and the latest news on the subject.