People are changing their eating habits in many different ways. With the proven connection between a person’s diet and their health many people are more aware of what they eat and the content of what they eat. The move away from prepackaged food to fresh produce is a trend that will continue.
Pollock Communications recently conducted a survey of hundreds of registered dieticians (RDs). The survey revealed nutritional trends that will make news and influence what people buy at the grocery store.
Most predicted that people will continue to demand more local, organic and minimally processed foods. With a struggling economy many people are now preparing their own meals and cooking for guests. This has caused an increased awareness in people of where their food comes from and what it contains. The trend toward people eating seasonal and local plant based foods that are organically grown is expected to increase substantially.
The survey also revealed that Americans are lacking in eating sufficient amounts of fiber from whole grains, fruits and vegetables. There is a need for people to eat more antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals. On the positive side most of those surveyed felt Americans are eating enough protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Most of the RDs felt that trans fats are the most harmful nutrient in the American diet followed by added sugars, saturated fat and sodium. It is recommended that people follow a MyPlate system when deciding what to eat. MyPlate states that half the plate consists of vegetables and fruit, while the other half is made up mostly of whole grains and a small portion of lean protein.
In a December 21, 2011 Press release from Pollock Communications Julie Upton, MS, RD, states the dietician will play a key role in the business of food.
“As RDs, we are at the forefront of nutrition issues, consumers’ perceptions and diet and lifestyle behaviors. It’s our goal to help provide our expertise to debunk the common myths and misperceptions and provide our insights with consumers and food and beverage manufacturers.”