Food News: Which food trends fooled you?

11/12/2017
Photo: DelaneyMes/Kaan Hiini.

Wendyl Nissen talks to food critic Delaney Mes about the hits and misses of this year's food trends. 

First of all, it's about balance; we consume a lot and sometimes portions are just too big. Delaney tells you to abandon your mission of trying to find that magic tonic to get you feeling healthy and maybe lose a few pounds. Instead, you need to just moderate yourself and make those portions smaller!

Delaney tells us to watch out for trends that truly are a miss. The first one on her list is activated charcoal. Although it might make your teeth white, going for an activated charcoal latte might be a step too far. It's a great helping hand if you're travelling and want to avoid nasty bugs, but if you're opting for it instead of your usual macchiato you might be going too far.

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The same can be said for turmeric, matcha, and beetroot lattes. Or just any healthy fad alternative to your good old coffee - because who wants something that tastes like milky curry?  Turmeric is a hard one because you have to take a LOT of it, having a latte every now and then isn't going to do anything - you need to "choke it down" to really get an effect. 

One fad we can all agree is a miss, is the use of insects in your cooking.  Lots of people have said eating crickets is the future but Wendyl hit the nail on the head, saying it "is for when the apocalypse arrives". Instead of opting for a locust empanada, reduce your meat consumption - it'll be good for you!

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Delaney also gives a look at positive trends. Foraging is a new restaurant practice that doesn't seem to be going away. A great example of this is the use of seaweed as an alternative to salt. Implementing healthier alternatives, and using their own kitchen gardens is a great way for restaurants to know where their food is coming from. It is also a great personal touch to know that they are growing at least part of their menu.

A great trend for those of us who are bust workers is the influx of lots of alternatives to My Food Bag. If you are one of the people who just don't want to deal with parking, shopping and plastic bags a food shopping service could be great for you. Some people just want dinner to show up on their doorsteps.

Pickling and fermenting have continued their popularity, and it can be immensely satisfying doing it yourself. Every culture has some kind of pickle in their diet so embracing it and doing it yourself is great. Getting that tang without fat, and with a natural process is also great for your waistline.

Do you agree? 

If you want more of Delaney's hot tips, have a listen to the full interview above.

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