Dread eating vegetables, even though you know how good and nutritious they are for your body? Here’s an interesting upcoming food trend that might re-ignite your interest in vegetables. Replacing traditional sweet flavours in the fridges of fashion-conscious shoppers, Vegetable Yogurt is all set to become the food trend of 2017. Sounds interesting? We’ll have to wait and see!
The yogurt will be made from vegetables such as carrot, beetroot, and sweet potato, which have proved an unexpected hit in the US and will soon be making a mark in Britain. This unlikely sounding product is due to follow up the 2016 success of seaweed, cactus water and bao buns, indicative of a public excited by and curious about new hip food trends.
THE HEALTHY EATING TREND
Once, healthy food was deemed bland and unimaginative. Today, people are more likely to perceive healthy food as tasty and tasty food as healthy.
A recent report on food and eating trends found that just 30 per cent of people consciously counted calories when they tried to lose weight and more than half of those polled said that eating sensibly was now part of their daily ritual, rather than something they did periodically.
It also found the distinctions becoming “blurred” between restaurant and home eating, as people increasingly opt to stage domestic fine dining and go out for more casual meals with friends.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND SHOPPING TRENDS
The report also found that people are taking increasing care over the presentation of their home-cooked food because of social media. Almost 44 per cent of survey respondents said they made more of an effort when preparing food if they thought a photo of it would be posted on Instagram or other sites, while one in five said they had posted or sent a picture of food within the last month.
According to analysts Mintel, UK-wide sales of “free-from” foods such as gluten or lactose-free ranges, are forecast to grow 43 per cent from £470 million last year to £673 million by 2020. One in eight food products launched in Britain last year was gluten-free, up from one in 14 in 2011.
The report also gathered data on how different parts of the UK shopped, finding that Londoners to be most likely to buy their goods online, with East Anglian dwellers keeping to the most traditional routine of one big supermarket shop each week. Welsh shoppers were the least likely to use plastic bags, while those in the West Midlands were the most likely to buy organic, the report also found.