With each new year, comes new trends, 2018 being no exception. As we become more focussed on sustainability, gut health and better nutrition, 2018 is set to see a barrage of new health products to better support both the planet and our general health and wellbeing.
2018 Wellness Trends
Eating insects is good for the economy and the environment: Crickets require less land, food, water, and energy than many animal protein sources including beef, chicken or pork.
Livestock production accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than all the cars, buses, trains and planes worldwide! Crickets produce 80 times less methane than cattle (that’s gas to you and me!).
Crickets are 12 times more efficient in converting feed to meat than cattle, 4 times more efficient than pigs, and 2 times more efficient than chicken.
Crickets are 69% Protein. We need protein to help build lean muscle mass, support metabolism, growth and immune function. Protein also helps satisfy hunger, helping to keep us fuller for longer. Crickets contain all 9 essential amino acids – the building blocks of protein that we must get from food – making it the ideal ‘complete protein’ source for optimal health.
Crickets are high in Vitamin B12
We need vitamin B12 for energy production, healthy nerves, immune function and for the production of red blood cells. Insects are packed with vitamins!
Crickets are a source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids required for healthy brain and nerve function. Crickets also contain essential Omega 6 fatty acids in the ‘perfect’ 3:1 ratio (Omega 6:Omega 3). We need these essential fatty acids in the correct balance for decreasing inflammation and to promote good health.
Crickets a source of haem iron, the more absorbable form of iron commonly found in red meat.
Crickets have twice as much potassium as spinach.
Crickets have as much calcium as milk, making them a perfect non-dairy source of calcium
Australia has been falling behind many other Western countries in legalising hemp as a food source — in the US and Canada alone, the industry is worth $US570 million ($A742 million). Hemp does not produce the same intoxicating effects as its cousin marijuana and has hence been legalised for human consumption recently in Australia. Hemp is high in protein and amino acids, and is a new alternative for those seeking an alternative plant based healthy food. Hemp seeds contain valuable nutrients such as magnesium, iron, and vitamin E. Hemp products are available in a variety of different food types making them extremely versatile to cook with — hulled seeds, oil, flour and protein powder – take your pick.
Dirt - Bentonite
Bentonite and diatomaceous earth have been used in skincare for topical use for many years but recently these clays are being promoted for internal use. Bentonite clay, also called Montmorillonite clay, is taking off as a wellness trend among people who are looking to help detoxify their bodies and defend against illnesses. While it’s been used for centuries around the world to promote better health and support better gut health, this supposedly healing clay is gaining popularity as an internal gut cleanser, clearing the gut of pathogens and bloating and is gaining popularity on many detoxification programs.
Bentonite clay is usually taken by adding 1 heaped teaspoon to a glass of water, juice or smoothie as part of a detoxification diet cleanse programme.
IMPORTANT – prior to taking any new supplement it is very important to consult with a trusted professional to know if supplementation is the right thing for you. Potential side effects could include vitamin deficiencies and even bowel problems if consumed in excess.
Sprouting consists of germinating seeds or grains by soaking and drying them. They becoming increasingly popular as part of the raw food and paleo diet trends and are set to grow in mainstream popularity due to being more nutrient bio available and easier to digest than the non sprouted variety. Sprouting, like cooking, reduces anti-nutritional compounds in raw legumes. Raw lentils, for example, contain lectins, anti-nutritional proteins which can be reduced by sprouting or cooking. Sprouted and fermented foods are particularly beneficial for those with poor gut health and malabsorption issues. We are now seeing sprouted wholefood powder blends, seeds, grains and flours appearing on our health food shelves.
With the rise in plant based diets and a trend towards a more vegan diet we are seeing more ‘fake’ foods appearing than ever before e.g. meatless burgers, milk that is not real milk, cheeseless cheese, butter that is not real butter and eggs that are not real eggs. Many people confess to the benefits of eating less animal based products however choosing wholefoods that are minimally processed is always the best guide when purchasing food. Check the labels for artificial additives and preservatives and if there is a long listed of chemical sounding ingredients it is usually a good idea to put it back on the shelf.