Healthy Bites

India Today - - TRENDS -

EAT­ING FOODS THAT ARE CLOSER TO HOW WE ATE IN THE PAST, IN TERMS OF PRO­CESS­ING, GROWTH AND TREAT­MENT IS THE HOT, NEW TREND

Dra­matic changes in the fast food in­dus­try, a grow­ing hunger for grain sub­sti­tutes, and the cru­sade against gluten mark a steadily evolv­ing move­ment to­wards un­der­stand­ing the roots of nu­tri­tion and mov­ing to­wards food grown or­gan­i­cally with­out sci­en­tific al­ter­ations. The mar­ket de­mands nat­u­ral and nu­tri­tion re­sponds.

AL­TER­NATE DAY FAST­ING

The idea of in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing has been around for 10 years, with stud­ies con­ducted on an­i­mals in­di­cat­ing that eat­ing very lit­tle on al­ter­nate days and eat­ing nor­mally on the fol­low­ing day dra­mat­i­cally boosts life ex­pectancy. The ben­e­fits of cut­ting down calo­ries to whit­tle ki­los is self-ev­i­dent, but as a source of well­ness it’s be­ing touted as the next big thing.

GLUTEN FREE FAST FOOD

QUINOA

A stand­out amongst su­per­grains, it’s no longer a side dish. Known for its fi­bre and Omega 3 con­tent, quinoa acts like a rice, but has a nutty feel and taste. This grain is high in pro­tein and in­cludes all nine es­sen­tial amino acids. Quinoa con­tains high lev­els of un­sat­u­rated fats com­pared to most pro­teins and is be­ing adopted as the new su­per food the world over. The “GF” logo is be­com­ing more and more vis­i­ble as fast food chains the world over are tak­ing gluten off the menu. At the same time more ve­gan op­tions as fast food have started ap­pear­ing on menus, as health con­scious peo­ple want to grab a quick bite but not pay for it in the long run. While dis­pens­ing with gluten it­self is not a sub­sti­tute for a weight loss reg­i­men, its elim­i­na­tion is the clear­est, loud­est trend heard any­where as its trum­peted by celebri­ties and ath­letes.

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