Health trends

The most popular nutrition trends of 2015

Eating more plant-based, less processed foods and enjoying the benefits of alkalizing green juice: these are just a couple of the top nutritional trends of 2015.
Photo: Gerry Huberty

(AFP/NG) As New Year's Day is quickly approaching, many are already thinking about their resolutions for 2016.

Some want to be more active--taking advantage of the many hiking trails in Luxembourg, for example--while many consider how to improve health through new diets or detoxes.

In fact, 2015 saw many focused less on counting the calories and instead focused on nutrition. The year showed a trend in eating ‘real' food again that is unprocessed, natural and full of goodness.

Here's a look back at the top nutrition trends in 2015.

No sugar diets

With many studies showing the dangers of a high-sugar diet, including an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, not to mention weight gain and premature aging, and the World Health Organization advising lower daily sugar intake, 2015 saw a big shift towards a no-sugar diet as people began to realize the many health benefits of kicking the sweet addiction.

Gut health

With a huge focus in 2015 on improving gut health and optimizing digestion, kitchens were stocked with gut-friendly food, probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and bone broth. 

Touted for many health benefits as well as gut health, broth hit the mainstream this year when New York eatery Brodo released a cookbook, after nutrition-based British chefs Helmsley and Helmsley included bone broth as a base in many of the recipes in their 2014 work "The Art of Eating Well."

Plant-based diets

With many already trying meat-free days, and then a report from the World Health Organization advising moderate meat consumption, especially when it comes to red and processed varieties, 2015 saw many reduce their intake in favor of a more plant-based diet.

This new trend for an unprocessed, back-to-basics approach to nutrition included switching heavy meat dishes for a simpler and easier-to-digest diet of organic green veggies and protein from plant-based sources such as nuts, seeds, and high-quality dairy-free protein powders.

Green juice

With many trying to follow a more plant-diet based and replace some of the sugar-heavy fruit with alkalizing green veggies, green juice was the health accessory of the year.

Bolstered in popularity not only by its health benefits but also by its fashionable fans, Instagram was full of models and celebrities posting pics of their green juices with the popular hashtag #greenjuice.

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