A coffee craze, a pasta comeback and a continued infatuation with protein are on tap as top Us food and nutrition trends in 2017. The International Food Information Council (Ific) Foundation compiled a list of hot topics for the year based on in-house survey research and health professional expertise, plus other data and observations.
Turmeric, jackfruit and kefir were among top Google searches in the past year, signaling increased interest in foods with health benefits beyond basic nutrition.
Nearly half of consumers surveyed by the Ific Foundation indicated weight loss or weight management is a health benefit they would like to receive from the foods they eat, and a third listed increased energy, cardiovascular health, healthy aging or digestive health.
Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) Americans strive to consume more whole grains, up from 56% in 2015 and 53% in 2014, Ific survey data also revealed.
Meanwhile, pasta may be mounting a comeback, according to Google search trends. Pasta was one of the top five food trends in 2016, based on individual search terms, with “rigatoni” searches alone rising 26% from 2015 to 2016.