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The Top Nutrition Trends of 2015 ( that we have been talking about for years )

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When it comes to trends, the media always lead, sometimes in the right way, often times in a bad or negative way.

You see , we are so influenced by what the media tells us that we forget about the obvious and often just blindly follow what the media and the World Health Organisation tells us to. We know deep down that the WHO has been wrong for so many years with its food pyramid which has in my opinion, resulted in the huge obesity epidemic that we now face, in fact they have even said “ok, we may have been a bit wrong so now you need to follow our Eat Well plate” Unfortunately, that isn’t great either but it is a step in the right direction.

Here are the current food trends that are good and which we at A.P.T have been recommending for at least 3 or 4 years now…….

GET BACK TO FULL FAT 

Last year you may remember hearing about the benefits of low fat milk and yoghurts. Well this year the tables have turned and in February it was all about the benefits of full fat dairy products!

Over the past few years full fat dairy products have been avoided like the plague for those who want to lose weight and maintain heart health, mainly due to their higher saturated fat content, but recently a number of studies have claimed full fat dairy products where actually linked to a lower body weight.

So which is best? The jury is still out when it comes to full fat vs low fat and ultimately it depends on your overall macronutrient intake. Consuming full fat dairy products can help keep you fuller for longer which can lower cravings and cause you to crave less, not only this, but often lower fat version are stripped of nutrients and loaded with a higher sugar content- which can raise insulin levels and promote fat storage. Ultimately you should aim to consume full fat dairy products where necessary and if it fits your macronutrient intake. When opting for a low fat version- always check the sugar and nutritional content.

 

ARE YOU A COCONUTTER ?

Coconut oil, coconut water, coconut butters, dried coconut- coconut has hit the headlines this year with the media and retailers reaping in the rewards.

So what’s the big deal about coconut?

In fact coconut oils main benefit actually comes from its SATURATED fat content- that’s right saturated! But these aren’t just any saturated fats that you find in processed foods, meat and dairy- Coconut oils are a combination of medium chain triglycerides/fatty acids which can be utilised by the body as a quick source of energy- which can actually increase energy expenditure. Coconut oil is also thought to keep you fuller for longer and lower the level of body fat around the abdominal area.

To enjoy the benefits of coconut- get on the band wagon! This is definitely a trend of 2015 that everyone should be enjoying. Just make sure that you follow the moderation rule! Remember coconut oil is still a fat and therefore should be incorporated into your macronutrient intake for the day- even when added for frying foods and hot drinks. Too much of anything- even good foods can be unhealthy!

 

EXTRA PROTEIN

Increasing protein in the diet has hit the media this year with the promotion of protein shakes, protein bars and products with added protein.

But why? Protein offers a range of benefits- not just weight loss. Protein can help muscle recovery during sports, can increase satiety keeping you fuller for longer, and can help build muscle and increase metabolism. Not only this, but protein can help control insulin levels and peaks in insulin that sugar and carbohydrate consumption can cause- lowering the risk of diabetes.

 

NO MORE SUGAR, LETS EAT FAT!!

Forget packing in as much energy dense high carb/ sugar foods and avoiding fats- finally in 2015 people are learning that not all fats are bad when it comes to weight loss and dieting. Unsaturated fats (mono and poly unsaturated) have a series of benefits when it comes to health whereby studies have shown they can lower the risk of cardio vascular disease, obesity and other chronic diseases and risk factors.

Unsaturated fats contain fatty acids such as omega-3 which can help aid fat loss and control insulin production- as a result in the nutrition industry this year there has been a huge boost in the sales of foods such as nuts, nut butters, avocado and chai seeds. Packing in healthy fat into your diet is definitely a trend we should all be following- again however making sure to pay attention to the energy density and calorie content of these foods- moderation being key!