The food industry, like all other industries, is susceptible to fads. Forecasting the next nutrition and health trend is not an exact science, and it is therefore difficult to predict what will drive the world of nutrition in 2023. However, the recent direction taken indicates some emerging trends. Here’s how they’ll look in 2023.
Food trend 2023: A Plant-based diet
Plant-based eating isn’t going out of style anytime soon, whether you follow a vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian diet. Plant-based diets are not new, but more products are entering the market to appeal to those who recognize their benefits not only for the body but also for the health of the planet.
NAD+ is the new nutrition supplement in 2023 that promises improved skin and stronger muscles, similar to collagen, but with more robust science. NAD+, also known as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a vital coenzyme found in every cell of your body that is involved in hundreds of metabolic processes. However, NAD+ levels decline with age. NAD+ aids in the conversion of nutrients into energy as a key player in metabolism and it acts as a helper molecule for proteins that regulate other cellular functions. While trials are still ongoing, NAD+ appears to be the wellness supplement we all want in 2023.
Beers without alcohol and Seltzer
Impossible to miss them this year, these new drinks are everywhere! In 2023 we should see them multiply and offer more and more aromas.
Fermentation, which has been popular for some time, is still evolving. Kombucha, kimchi, kefir, and miso have been in the spotlight for quite some time. Tempeh, a fermented, high-protein, plant-based food typically made with soybeans, is expected to explode in popularity in 2023. Fermented foods are well known to be beneficial to gut health. Fermentation improves the value of food and facilitates digestion in addition to allowing for effective food preservation. Plant-based eaters are always looking for new protein sources, and fermented legumes and grains provide a sustainable option that is not only tasty but also good for you and the environment.
With the current rate of population growth, demand for meat will quickly outstrip supply, forcing us to turn to alternative proteins. In addition to traditional tofu and lentils, we now get our protein from insects and algae.
Seed spreads over nut butter
Expect to see pumpkin seed butter and sunflower seed spread on store shelves next year as alternatives to peanut butter. These savory blends are healthier for the environment, packed with nutrients, and an excellent way to incorporate often-overlooked seeds into your diet.
Foods that boost your mood
Among the many 2023 food trends to benefit mood and brain health are functional drinks, CBD, mental health mocktails, and medicinal mushrooms. These foods are beneficial for stress, sleep, cognitive functions, aging, and other factors due to their scientifically proven adaptogenic and nootropic properties.
Two tastes are better than one
In 2023, we’ll see an increase in the number of products with fusion flavors, such as those that combine sugar and spice (like peach and habanero-flavored potato chips). Following the trending sweet and spicy pairing, we should see sour and spicy pairings, as well as the traditional sweet and salty pairing.