In recent years, foods classified as “superfoods” have climbed in popularity across the nation and become a mainstream topic. A superfood is a term used to refer to foods which are rich in nutrients and very beneficial for our health. Just like with any other trend, consumers are constantly on the lookout for the next superfood. Here’s a look at some of the superfoods trends over the years and the most current superfood trend to jump on to.
Chia Seeds – Currently at a Google Trends ranking of 82, these fiber-filled seeds have been increasing consistently in popularity since 2009. They are easy to integrate into meals because they don’t require being ground up to eat. A few items which chia seeds can be found in include drinks, pudding, and baked goods.
Acai – This berry was at its peak popularity in January 2009 when it was ranked 100 on Google Trends. It’s benefits include improved skin health, digestion, cellular health, and immune system. It has since fallen to a ranking of 18.
Coconut Oil – Another increasingly popular superfood, coconut oil is ranked on Google Trends at 89 and seems likely to stay there for a while. Coconut oil has been used for a wide range of functions, which can be broken down into four main categories: body and skin care, food uses, household, and natural medicine. Some of the many benefits of coconut oil include:
Goji Berries – Currently at a Google Trends ranking of 84, these berries have been used to treat diabetes and high blood pressure in Chinese medicine. Benefits of the antioxidant-rich Goji berries include boosted metabolism and energy.
The Newest Superfood
Perhaps the most recently popularized superfood is one which has been sold for years but never received much recognition until the mid 2000s. Quinoa is currently at a Google Trends ranking of 100. What caused quinoa to increase so quickly in popularity? HuffPost Taste Executive Editor Kristen Aiken explains that in addition to quinoa being a superfood, it is also gluten-free and a complete protein, which means it contains all nine amino acids. The combination of these three health food trends might just make quinoa here to stay.
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