8 Food Trends to Expect in 2013
Each year new diets, super foods and other food trends are splashed over the media and discussed by the water coolers. Sometimes these trends continue for a few years, others are out the door as quickly as they came in. Look for these hot trends in 2013.
In 2012, many folks were surprised to learn that chocolate hazelnut spread wasn't as healthy as the ads and product label promoted. A producer of Greek yogurt was also sued for using milk protein concentrate -- an ingredient that isn’t acceptable by the FDA to be used in Greek yogurt -- in lieu of straining techniques used to make Greek yogurt. Consumers don’t want to be misled by food manufacturers and are raising their voices.
Both the Paleo and Wheat Belly Diets are still the trendiest around. Both have diehard followers with testimonials that’ll knock your socks off—though registered dietitians agree that both aren’t healthy or safe eating plans to follow.
Bar keeps are no longer just bartenders. They are creators of exotic cocktails using honey or vanilla syrup, fresh herbs from the local farmers market, and infusing spirits (like rum and vodka) with kiwi or mango.
In addition to picking up Chobani Greek yogurt in the grocery aisle, you can also stop by their SoHo, New York Greek yogurt bar. Dannon also opened a store on Park Avenue in New York City where they sell small batches of yogurt topped with fruit, yogurt-infused sandwiches and salads serves with yogurt-based dressing. Anheuser Busch-InBev has also opened a chain of Belgium Beer Cafes at airports in New Zealand and Australia serving their own brand of beers. Barilla and Ghirardelli Chocolate are other companies who are doing the same.
The use of tea in cooking will shine in the new year. Tea can be used in rubs and braising liquids and as an ingredient in desserts like poached fruit, cakes and shortbreads.