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Nutrition Trends in 2018 Will Revolve Around the Gut

The biggest nutrition trends in 2018 will focus on simple ingredients, fermented foods, plant-based diets and other ways to improve digestive health.

In 2018, consumers will be looking for clean eating and fermented foods, according to 2,050 registered dietitian nutritionists surveyed by Today's Dietitians and Pollock Communications for its "What's Trending in Nutrition" survey. The dietitians were asked to share the nutrition trends they think consumers will be seeking this year. 

The top diet trend in 2018 will be clean eating with simple ingredients, according to the survey. The second major diet trend will be eating a plant-based diet followed by eating a ketogenic diet, the first time this type of diet has appeared on the list.

The types of super foods that consumers will be seeking in 2018 is led by fermented foods that will improve the health of their guts. Fermented foods include kefir, kimchi, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh and yogurt. Last year, seeds ranked No. 1 on the list. Seeds fell to No. 3 on the 2018 list behind avocados at No. 2.  

Today's Dietitian isn't the only brand that shared predictions on 2018 nutrition trends. Omega-9s will be a top nutrition trend this year, according to a Washington Post article

The Post's list of hot nutrition trends was based on trends seen at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo and include:

  1. Omega-9s
  2. Plant-based probiotics
  3. Chicory root fiber
  4. Eating for "Type 3" diabetes (Alzheimer's diseasde)
  5. Pseudograins made convenient
  6. Stevia 2.0
  7. Cottage cheese

The Daily Meal also made predictions related to nutrition that include trends toward edible flowers, food as medicine, Middle Eastern food and comfort food. 

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