These Will Be the Biggest Superfood Trends in 2017, According to Experts
It's difficult not to your roll your eyes when every other day we're being presented with another "next big superfood". From matcha and turmeric to sauerkraut and kombucha, these buzzy superfoods mostly have merit (and scientific backing), but the revolving door of trends can get exhausting. (And tedious.) To that point, experts are apparently proclaiming 2017 as the year our collective kale obsession dies. While I'm not on board with ditching crispy kale chips entirely (I have a feeling Gwyneth won't be either), I am happy to make room for potential new superfood friends. Because even though the never-ending cycle of "new and buzzy" superfoods is annoying, it's also the reason I now sip this hormone-balancing iced coffee on the reg.
To get the insider intel on which new superfood trends we'll likely be obsessed with this year, I reached out to a group of in-the-know experts: naturalist and author Carla Oates of The Beauty Chef; food educator and owner of cult health brand Moon Juice, Amanda Chantal Bacon; and The Blender Girl herself, Tess Masters. Among them they've rounded up 10 superfoods they predict we'll be talking non-stop about in 2017. Some may strike you as weird (see: medicinal mushrooms) but remember how unappealing the concept of fermented tea seemed the first time you heard about it? Just like kombucha, some are bound to stick in our collective consciousness (and some invariably won't), but if these expert forecasts are anything to go by, we're in for a delicious year.
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"Lacto-fermented foods have a plethora of health and skin benefits. Firstly, when you lacto-ferment food, the lactic acid produces bacteria which breaks down the ingredients making the nutrients more bio-available for the body. Secondly, it helps to neutralise any anti-nutrients. Finally, this incredible process creates beneficial bacteria—probiotics—which support gut health." —Carla Oates, The Beauty Chef
"Medicinal mushrooms in relation to fitness is gaining momentum right now, and cordyceps is the perfect mushroom to support people who are working out. It's also a nourishing adaptogen with a lot of research behind it. We sell the fruiting bodies while most folks are selling just the mycelium [the vegetable structures of the fungi]. It will be a new addition to our Power Dust ($40). —Amanda Chantal Bacon, Moon Juice
"Bone broth is highly nutritious, anti-inflammatory, rich in skin-boosting collagen and amino acids, and one of the best gut-healing foods! I take advantage of any opportunity to add bone broth to a recipe, whether it be in popsicles, smoothies, soups or stews." —Oates
"The relatively new field of psychodermatology addresses the impact of emotions on our skin, and it has been suggested that up to 30 per cent of skin conditions can be traced to underlying psychological distress. Adaptogens (like ashwagandha, ginseng and liquorice root) may all be helpful in naturally relieving stress and supporting the immune system." —Oates
"Ashwagandha is literally the #1 trending adaptogen herb right now, this Ayurvedic ingredient is said to help alleviate stress, fatigue and lack of energy. It's going to be a key component in almost all of our new dusts." —Bacon
"The unique micro-algae we use in our Advanced Glow Inner Beauty Powder ($60) is grown organically in Western Australia and contains a vast spectrum of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, electrolytes, vitamins and chlorophyll. It's also known to be the most potent dietary source of beta carotene, or pro-vitamin A, one of nature’s most powerful and protective antioxidants. People should pay more attention to this superfood—it's higher in antioxidants, minerals and chlorophyll than spirulina." —Oates
"Chia, hemp, pumpkin and sesame have all had their moment in recent years, but I'm predicting sprouted watermelon seeds as the next big thing on the health scene. They have a divine buttery texture and taste like a cross between a cashew and sunflower seed. They're also absolutely loaded with protein. Go Raw was the first company to captilise on watermelon seeds but we will see a lot more companies offering them in a variety of flavours." —Tess Masters, The Blender Girl
"Açaí has had its moment—now it's time for maqui berries to have theirs. These berries are less bitter then açaí, are low in sugar, and have a mild flavour, particularly in powder form. They contain an arsenal of vitamins, minerals, fibre, anti- inflammatory agents, and anthocyanin. (The buzzy phytonutrient responsible for the popularity of blueberries and beets in previous years.) Maqui berries contain more antioxidants than any other food, can help boost metabolism and regulate blood sugar, and also aid digestion. Just 2 teaspoons of freeze-dried powder added to a smoothie has you covered." —Masters
"As fermented foods and gut health continue to filter into the mainstream, inulin powder supplements will become more popular. This unique carbohydrate, also called chicory root fibre, provides primo digestive support as a prebiotic. Naturally found in asparagus, artichoke, banana, onion, leek, and garlic, inulin passes through to the colon intact, where it feeds beneficial microorganisms." —Masters
"The conversation about glucosinolates, the detox dynamo compounds found in brassica vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, has been steadily growing the past couple of years. (So much so that companies are now coming out with brassica teas!) Brassicas help alkalise and mineralise the body to combat acidic waste and environmental toxins, oxygenate the blood, and provide fibre and prebiotics. Cauliflower will continue to trend in its various forms—cauli steaks, rice, purees etc. I think broccoli may see another rise in popularity, as well as Brussels sprouts." —Masters
"[A members of the vitamin E family], this compound is a true beauty food. It adds fibre to juices and smoothies, and is a good superfood for people who are new to the herbal and superfood worlds as it tastes like cereal." —Bacon