Food trends are as volatile and fast-changing as fashion trends. And the biggest food trends are always somewhat controversial. Whatever is deemed healthy today might be unhealthy next week.
Here a few trends to keep aware of:
#1 – High Fructose Corn Syrup is Worse than You Thought – and It’s Everywhere
It’s hard to believe, but soft drinks actually used to contain real sugar. In a trend that’s been souring for the past 6-7 years, researchers and journalists have discovered that the increase of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in food and drinks is due to some pretty sweat deals for corn farmers. A well-received documentary called “King Corn” exposed some of the ugly truth, but not much has been done. The best move for consumers is to limit their intake of HFCS. Endocrinologist Robert Lustig’s famous “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” speech is another searing indictment of Big Food, as it relates to HFCS.
#2 – The Potential Risks of a Vegetarian Diet
Vegetarian diets used to be a “fad,” but quickly became a permanent lifestyle for millions around the globe. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Protein deficiency, limited variety and other problems persist with vegetarians who don’t take the time to speak with their doctor and do their research. And the science backs up claims that vegetarians can severely lack in vitamin B-12, iron, zinc, calcium and other important nutrients by cutting out meat, eggs, and dairy.
#3 – Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Propyl Gallate, TBHQ and Assorted Chemicals
Anytime you can’t pronounce a word, let alone attempt to say it, that’s probably bad news. Many of those words are actually nasty chemicals, and they’re everywhere in the food supply. Granted, trace levels of anything aren’t likely to cause damage, but what happens with steady accumulation, over say 20 or 30 years of eating? We’ll find out the answers sooner than later.
#4 – Organic Foods: Science-Proven or Scam?
Organic foods are the newest rage. When applied to fruits and vegetables, the term implies that the food was raised without harmful pesticides. Sounds great – who wants their food soaked with pesticides? The problem with the organic, non-pesticide angle is this: we’re already eating a ton of natural pesticides, produced by fruits and vegetables to avoid predation. Yes, even immobile plants, tubers, roots and shoots don’t want to be eaten. Organic foods might be one of the costliest trends to consumers, and it’s still unclear if all of the benefits are tangible.
With so many diet considerations in play, it helps to have dependable, affordable medical professionals there to give sound advice about the decisions you make for you and your family. That’s why Banner Urgent Care is such a valuable resource for Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas-area residents. Our numerous immediate care centers across the southwest can help with any medical issue that’s not life-threatening, and we also specialize in medical weight loss programs that take all sorts of nutrition and lifestyle factors into account. So stop in today and see us!