The food trends of 2016

​Want to know what's hot right now when it comes to diets and ingredients? We explain the pros and cons of the latest food trends.

1. Clean eating

A basquet full of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains 

A diet of unprocessed foods, including fruit, vegetables and wholegrains. Added sugar and salt are frowned upon.

BHF verdict: Wholegrains and fruit and vegetables should make up the majority of the diet. But don’t cut out healthy choices such as tinned tomatoes or wholegrain pasta that some clean eaters class as ‘processed’.

2. Protein

Green peas 

Found in meal replacement shakes, protein is the most fashionable food group. High street chains now sell ‘protein pots’ and ‘protein boxes’. Retail analyst Mintel predicts pea protein will be big in 2016.

BHF verdict: Most of us eat enough protein. Non-dairy protein should make up about 12 per cent of your diet. Eating more foods from this group shouldn’t be at the expense of other food groups, like fruit, veg and wholegrain carbohydrates.

3. Avocados

Avocado 

The must-have fruit is loved by Nigella Lawson and found on top of toast in trendy cafés everywhere. It’s so popular that it’s been dubbed the ‘overcado’, and growers are warning of a shortage.

BHF verdict: Avocados count towards your 5-a-day and contain fibre, vitamins and minerals, but are high in fat. It’s mostly healthy monounsaturated fat, so a better choice than high-saturated-fat foods such as cheese. But watch portion size, as avocados are high in calories.

4. Buddha bowls

Lentils and tomato salad 

Sometimes called ‘yoga bowls’ or ‘glory bowls’. A vegetarian meal in a bowl, usually containing wholegrains, veg (or fruit at breakfast), protein such as pulses, nuts or seeds, and a sauce or dressing.

BHF verdict: It’s great to include plenty of vegetables and wholegrains in your diet. If you’re trying to lose weight, remember dressings and sauces can be high in fat and salt (especially if you’re using soy sauce).

5. Bee pollen

Bee pollen 

Often promoted as a superfood, pollen collected by bees has been linked to many health claims, including weight loss. Not to be confused with honey or bee venom.

BHF verdict: There is little solid evidence to show any health benefits of bee pollen. Bee pollen may interact with warfarin, so if you are on warfarin, speak to your doctor first. Bee pollen products have also caused allergic reactions in some people.

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