Need a little push to follow through with those New Year’s health and fitness resolutions? The biggest health food trends of 2019 may help you reach those goals.
The Benefits of Healthy Eating
Poor nutrition contributes to many costly diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Here’s some food for thought on trends that may improve your health.
A plant-based diet can be good for your heart.
- A diet of mostly or only fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains may cut the risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, compared to a diet that includes more meat.
- Veggies—and fruits—are sneaking their way into products like beet tortillas and cauliflower-infused mac and cheese.
People continue to move away from dairy – whether they need to or not. Some popular non-dairy milks include oat and almond.
- These non-dairy milks are low in calories and get high marks for taste.
- The fat, carbohydrates and protein provided are comparable to cow's milk.
- In many cases, such as for proper growth and development in infants and toddlers, cow's milk is still the best option.
Probiotics are foods that contain live microorganisms that can benefit digestive health. They are not new but have been limited to yogurt in the past.
- Many products are now available with probiotics, like sparkling water, dairy-free beverages and oatmeal.
- There are many different strains of probiotics and not every strain will have the same effect on everyone.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Not all fats are unhealthy. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to lower risk of dementia, stroke and slower mental decline.
- Fish is a protein source that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Other sources are vegetable oils, flaxseed, walnuts and dark leafy vegetables.
- Diets with higher levels of fatty acids may also lower the risk of heart disease, depression and arthritis.
Superfoods on the Go
It’s now easier than ever to eat healthy when you’re in a hurry.
- Don’t have time to prepare sweet potato fries from scratch? Buy a bag of frozen ones at the grocery store.
- There’s no excuse to skip whole grains. You can now buy single-serving bowls of microwave quinoa.
QualChoice Can Help
For help with improving your diet or other well-being goals, call 501.228.7111 or 800.235.7111 and ask to speak to a QCARE Health Coach.*
*Programs vary by group and benefit plan. Check with your health plan administrator to see if QCARE benefits are included with your plan.