10 Hot Health Trends in 2019

by Melissa Chichester

New year, new knowledge!

Are you wondering what the next big health and wellness trends will be in 2019? We have rounded up some of the contenders. Some of them may surprise you, but you will also find old favorites that continue to be popular as time goes by. Do you have any guesses? Jot them down, and check out ten contenders below.

Hemp foods

If you already enjoy what hemp has to offer in terms of plant-based nutrition, there’s good news: hemp is on the horizon in 2019! Hemp seeds, milk, oil, and protein powder are already very popular and well-known. That said, it is expected that hemp-based snacks will enjoy an even bigger surge in popularity very soon.

Fat

Yes, you read that right! Fat is in! And by fat, we’re talking about healthy fats from nourishing foods that contain essential nutrients. This includes foods like avocados that are full of monounsaturated fatty acids and coldwater fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Probiotics

Now, this one probably isn’t a surprise, but it’s true: our love for probiotics is just beginning with more research being published on the benefits than ever before. Probiotics are an important part of maintaining digestive health.** If you still need the scoop on the surprising benefits of probiotics, read this!

Legume pasta

More people are looking for nutritious options when it comes to serving up pasta noodles in their favorite dishes. Companies have responded to this demand in the form of noodles made out of chickpeas and lentils instead of wheat. Gluten-free consumers are loving it!

Non-dairy milk

Non-dairy milk is steadily growing across the market as a health food trend. According to Mintel Marketing Intelligence, between 2013 and 2018, non-dairy milk sales have grown by 61%! These kinds of milk can be broken down into five categories:

  • Cereal-based: Oat and rice milk
  • Legume-based: Soy and pea milk
  • Vegetable-based: Potato milk
  • Seed-based: Flax and hemp milk
  • Nut-based: Almond, cashew, and coconut milk

Keto

If you thought this diet was just a fad, guess again. Keto continues to gain traction and that seems to be the projection for 2019; however, this lifestyle isn’t new. The ketogenic diet was originally studied while attempting to treat patients with epilepsy before antiepileptic medications were developed. Unfamiliar with the keto diet and lifestyle? Learn more here.

Mesonutrients

What? Don’t worry if this term sounds confusing. You’re probably already familiar with mesonutrients. “Meso” means “inside” and mesonutrients are the active components within superfoods. Curcumin, which you know as a component of turmeric and an antioxidant, is a mesonutrient.** Another familiar mesonutrient and antioxidant is EGCG, which is found inside of green tea.** Expect to hear more about this buzzword in 2019!

Brain health

Brain health is one of the top health concerns in the United States today. While diet, lifestyle, and genetics all influence brain health, many people are turning to brain health supplements for additional support.** Learn more about three of our top supplements that may support brain health here.**

Natural sweeteners

Sugar is still a hot topic and up for debate when it comes to health food trends. Many Americans are adopting low-sugar diets, but those who still want sweets are looking for alternatives to synthetic sweeteners and white sugar. Because of this, many consumers are opting for honey, agave nectar, and coconut sugar as more natural, less-refined options.

Adaptogens

Adaptogenic plants are non-toxic, help reduce occasional stress and positively impact the body.** Holy basil, ashwagandha, and rhodiola are all adaptogenic herbs with specific benefits to the body. As more people look to herbs to support overall well-being, adaptogens are growing in popularity quickly!** Learn more about 7 adaptogenic herbs that may help to ease occasional stress.**