With the ongoing Godrej Food Trends 2018 contest, the best bloggers in the country are going head to head for the title. With hundreds of entries flooding in, the competition is gruesome. Everyone wants to be victorious. However, this contest, unlike any other, is not just about winning. As much as I understand it, it’s about creating awareness among the people in our community. India, being the nucleus of the food realm across the world, is the birthplace of innumerable food fanatics. Moreover, the Indian food is infamous for its rich cultural diversity and tantalizing flavour. Thus, there is a dire need to create awareness among the food fanatics about the ongoing trends in the food industry.
To do this, the Godrej group, in association with Vikhroli Cucina, came out with the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018. This report serves to be the reservoir of all the expected food trends in the year 2018. It gives us a deep insight into the trends that are anticipated to catch on this year.
The Godrej Food Trends Report 2018, along with the Godrej Food Trends Contest is a peerless initiative taken up by the Godrej group to quench our undying thirst for “What’s next in the food industry and where it’s headed.”
Being an active health and fitness blogger with a zeal to satiate my food fanaticism, I often found myself going through the insightful Godrej Food Trends Report 2018. Although I have written an article on the Trends in the Indian Food industry, I wanted to shed some light on another noteworthy trend – Healthy Ingredients.
The Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 highlights a variety of trends.
A few of the trends are listed below.
- Food Trends
- Restaurant Trends
- Trends in The Home Kitchen
- Beverage Trends
- Health and Nutrition Trends
Of all the trends, the trends regarding the health and nutrition caught my eye.
The Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 provides a thoroughgoing insight into the expected trends regarding the ingredients being used in the food that we so rapturously gulp down.
With several health problems like obesity, heart problems, diabetes etc. on the rise, people are becoming more and more health conscious. The average joe wants to be eating healthy to sustain a healthy lifestyle. As the people get more health conscious, there will be a change in the quality of food they consume. The attention will shift from the unhealthy junk food to natural, organic whole food. Thus, there will be a paradigm shift in the food industry as more and more healthy ingredients will be incorporated in the food that we consume. This is what the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 highlights.
According to the report, everyone in the expert panel (100%) claims that local millets like Jowar, Bajra, Kodo, Amaranth, Ragi etc. will be the craze in 2018. With people getting more and more health conscious, the adoption of local millets will be on the rise. Moreover, we as a community need to be aware of the importance of incorporating our locally grown diverse food crops into our food. Not only will it help our farmers but will also ensure the lifelong sustainability of our diverse culture and rich food.
What are millets?
Millets are basically small-seeded hardy grasses that can be easily grown in dry areas. These are rich in nutritional content and are non-glutinous. Millets are easy to digest and are a better source of nutrition than wheat and rice.
Apart from the several health and nutritional benefits, there is one major impact of incorporating millets in our diet. The integration of more and more millets in our diet will help a lot of underprivileged farmers and will put them out of their misery. A lot of farmers in India grow millets as they can be harvested in a matter of 65 days and do not require much water. Thus, if millets were to become the preferred cereal grain in India, a lot of farmers will be benefitted. We, as individuals should strive to help and give back to our community as much as possible. I will definitely incorporate millets in my diet from now on. Not because the health benefits are off the charts, but because we need to stick to our roots and not forget our own.
Here is a list of 25 healthy recipes that will help you incorporate millets in your diet – Click Here.
Moreover, if you need any information about millets, here is a blog I stumbled across that has in-depth knowledge of millets available in our country. Feel free to check it out.
About 67% of the panel believed that Moringa, also known as the drumstick tree, will be the rage in 2018. Moringa is a widely cultivated species that is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is grown in the foothills of Himalayas and in several other tropical and sub-tropical regions. Its leaves are used as a vegetable in many regions. Moreover, Moringa is widely available in powdered form. The powder is nutrient-packed and has innumerable health benefits.
Health Benefits of Moringa
- It is rich in vitamin A and C.
- It is jam-packed with minerals.
- It is rich in amino acids that are the building blocks of protein, thereby Moringa helps in muscle building.
- It helps prevent diabetes.
- It lowers the bad cholesterol level in the body and prevents several heart-related problems.
- It helps in the suppression of gastric trouble in the body. It is anti-inflammatory.
These are just a few of the health benefits of Moringa.
Species like Moringa are the agricultural jewels of our country. However, we are not even aware of such species. It is because of such initiatives by Godrej, that we the people are made aware of such crowned jewels.
To buy Moringa powder from Amazon – Click here.
Cold-Pressed juices are the healthier alternative to the normal juices available in the market. The difference is in the manufacturing process. A cold-pressed juice is not prepared like the normal juices that available for consumer consumption.
Instead, these are prepared using a different method.
These juices are prepared by pressing fruits and vegetables with a hydraulic press. The immense pressure gets the fruits and vegetables to release juice that is then collected and packaged in bottles.
The benefit of the Cold-Pressed Juice is that it is free from any preservatives. It is the raw form of juice that is directly obtained by pressing your favourite fruits and vegetables. No added ingredients, no added preservatives. That is the USP of a cold-pressed juice.
These juices are usually expensive due to their preservative free, all-natural manufacturing process. However, with the present trends, we have seen that people are willing to pay a premium for healthy alternatives. Thus, I too believe that cold-pressed juices will be the new hype in 2018.
Here are a few DIY cold-pressed juices that you can try.
Probiotic enriched products
Not all bacteria are bad bacteria. In fact, we all have millions of good bacteria in our gut. The bacteria present in our guts help us digest food and improves our digestion process. The bacteria in our gut are an absolute necessity if we want to have a good digestion process and stay away from problems like constipation.
Mostly all health problems are caused by a faulty digestion process.
That is the thought behind incorporating bacteria in several food products.
Probiotics, as the name suggests, are good bacteria.
“Pro” meaning Pro-life and beneficial to us and “Biotics” refers to bacteria.
Thus, several products are enriched with good bacteria to help us accentuate our digestion process. These products have innumerable health measure and are a rage among consumers.
Natural probiotics include yoghurt (dahi), buttermilk (lassi), pickles etc.
If you want to know more about probiotics, here is the link to the ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PROBIOTICS.
Indian Super Foods
India is the country of that first started using plants and herbs for medicinal properties. We gave birth to Ayurveda – the traditional system of medicine. Thus, our country has a rich heritage when it comes to superfoods. However, we are oblivious to such foods and are often keen on foods imported from abroad.
Most of the people living a healthy lifestyle incorporate foods like quinoa, kale, avocado’s etc. in their diet and they end up overlooking the Indian superfoods that are readily available.
But, as the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 suggests, more and more people are willing to invest in our own culture and stick to our own roots. Thus, the Indian superfoods will definitely catch everyone’s attention in 2018.
For more information on Indian Super Foods, feel free to check out Rujuta Diwekar’s book – INDIAN SUPERFOODS: CHANGE THE WAY YOU EAT.
Here is a list of a few Indian superfoods.
- Coconut oil
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