Stevia: Stevia continues to be the natural sweetener of choice for those looking to reduce sugar and calories. In 2018, you are likely to see stevia as an ingredient in more beverages, condiments, dairy products and baking mixes.
Cottage cheese: Cottage cheese may be the new Greek yogurt in 2018. It is slightly higher in protein and can help you feel fuller longer especially when topped with fiber-rich fruits and whole grains. New brands are changing the texture from lumpy to creamy and sweetening cottage cheese with real fruit, just like yogurt. You could also puree cottage cheese to improve the texture when using as a substitute for fat in recipes.
Omega-9s: Healthy fats have been a popular trend in past years, and in 2018 omega-9s will shine. Similar to omega-3’s, omega-9 fatty acids, or monounsaturated fats, help promote heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. You can find omega-9 fatty acids in canola, olive, sunflower and nut oils as well as almonds and macadamia nuts.
Pseudograins: Whole grains are sometimes a challenge to get on the dinner table because they take longer to prepare than refined grains. In 2018, food companies hope to make it easier for consumers to enjoy whole grains including pseudograins. Psuedograins are seeds that we typically eat as grains such as quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. These pseudograins will likely show up in more convenient forms in 2018 such as single portions and quick-cooking options.
Probiotics/Prebiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help to improve digestion and immune health. They are often consumed in dairy products such as yogurt and kefir that contain “live and active cultures.” You can also find dairy-free probiotics in beverage or supplement forms. In 2018, we will start to focus on prebiotics in fermented foods and plant-based sources like chicory root fiber. Prebiotics provide the right fuel to help good bacteria thrive.