It’s 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic continues…people now have more time to sharpen their cooking skills at home. Our eating and drinking habits are always changing but who knows what trends are ahead this year, want some predictions? Then follow on for Food Trends 2021: 5 Major Ones You’ve Got to Know About!
1. AI-Created Foods
Food technology is evolving – Artificial Intelligence is helping food companies create products in ways that we could only imagine a few years ago. Artificial intelligence has helped to create an animal-free protein identical to dairy protein, which can be added to ice cream – exciting news for vegans! This is just one out of many examples of how artificial intelligence is playing a role in food and drink manufacturing. This kind of technology can help many food companies fight against the pressures of climate change and deal with the challenges of a growing global population.
You’re probably already familiar with pre- and probiotics but you may not have heard of post-biotics, which are another major key to achieving good gut health. Post-biotics are the metabolites produced from fermentation of foods by probiotics. They can be found in the same foods that contain probiotics, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and yogurt. Research has found that post-biotics may lower inflammation and improve immune health. It’s likely that we’ll be seeing more post-biotic supplements and see them added to more food products in 2021.
CBD plant medicine is becoming a worldwide phenomenon. CBD products are commonly used to treat anxiety, where levels have increased greatly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Food products containing CBD are becoming quite popular in the world of wellness. From CBD snack bars to CBD pale ale beer, these products are set to fill the market’s shelves in 2021
Microgreens aren’t new to the market, but consumption is now reaching greater heights. These aromatic greens are the smaller counterparts to veggies such as carrots and broccoli. Despite their diminutive size, microgreens contain great nutritional value, with up to 40 times more nutrients than regular vegetables. These young vegetable greens are often added to sandwiches, salads and smoothies to give a powerful, flavoursome nutrient boost.
5. Fake Aways
The fakeaway trend is growing rapidly, especially with people spending more time at home this year. People are opting for a healthier and more creative version of a takeaway, enjoying delicious, healthy meals whilst saving money into the bargain! You don’t have to be an expert chef to make a fantastic fakeaway – it’s virtually as simple as picking up a few tasty ingredients from your local supermarket!
Are these food trends what you expected? Which of these listed above are you keen to try in 2021? Let us know in the comments below, and join in the conversation on Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!