Special Report

Biggest Food Fads of 2018

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Powdered everything

Nine out of 10 Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but now there’s away for them to eat several servings a day while hardly noticing it. Technology allows food producers to turn vegetables such as mushrooms, kale, and broccoli, into powder, which can be sprinkled into soups and stews and other foods or added to baked goods or smoothies. And it’s not just produce: Powdered milk is old news, but now there is also powdered honey, peanut butter, yogurt, chia seeds, and even powdered crickets, a great source of protein. Powders can help improve people’s diets, and help reduce food waste as well.

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Root-to-stem cooking

Root-to-stem or root-to-leaf cooking, inspired by nose-to-tail cuisine, which seeks to utilize virtually every part of animals slaughtered for food, means using the entire vegetable — peels, seeds, stems, leaves, sprouts, and just about everything part. This is one of the top food trends today, according to the Specialty Food Association, and many restaurants now focus on this way of using produce, even drying some stems and leaves and such and turning them into powder (see above). Considering that Americans waste about a pound of food per person every day, this is a welcome trend.

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Tahini flavored foods and drinks

Tahini, a smooth paste of ground toasted sesame seeds, is no longer restricted flavoring to hummus or other Middle Eastern dishes. You can find it today in smoothies and ice cream and as a sauce or dressing for all kinds of food It’s especially popular among people with nut allergies who can’t eat peanut butter. You can make tahini yourself — all you need is hulled white sesame seeds and avocado or olive oil — but it’s also widely available in specialty stores.

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Coke slushies

After eight years of trying out different slushies, Coca Cola finally produced a version in the summer in 2018 that was a success — though unfortunately it was only available in Japan. (You can easily find recipes to make it at home. All it takes is a bottle of Coke, ice, and a blender.) The company is now said to be experimenting with frozen versions of its popular Fanta Orange and Fanta Grape sodas.

 

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