Improving Health through Food

The team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers understands that making changes in the New Year, or any other time, is always easier when the process is fun. Making these changes fun is often found in discovering new ingredients and techniques to cook. A great resource for food discovery is found in Whole Food’s list of next big trends, with the 2020 version out now. We took a look at the list, and highlighted some of the trends, and how you can integrate new foods and ingredients into your lifestyle changes through cooking.

Regenerative Agriculture – A closer look is now being taken at how land and animal use can be improved. Improved land and animal management practices lead to improve soil health and carbon sequestering. General Mills has a helpful guide with more details on the practice and its effect on the environment and what we eat. To get in on this trend, look for labeling from brands and goods that support the practice.

Adventures in Flour – This is a trend that Comprehensive has covered before with a post on organic and whole grains. This is an especially exciting trend for those who enjoy baking. New flours such as teff (an Ethiopian flour) bringing new flavors, and others such as cauliflower flour useful for making healthy crusts and snacks are great reasons to check out the flour aisle closely for new options.

Explore New Worlds – Whole Foods highlights the foods of West Africa as particular compelling. The foundation of foods from the region includes the use of onions, tomatoes and chili peppers with peanuts, ginger and lemongrass as popular additions. The results, from using these ingredients and accompanying recipes, are healthy foods packed with natural flavors.

Up Your Snacking Game – The focus here is on how the quality of snacking is vastly improving with more and more fresh options available for keeping in the refrigerator at home to grab when you’re on the go. Snacks include pickled vegetables, drinkable soups and nutrition bars. These snacks are made of fresher, perishable ingredients that don’t use many of the preservatives found in snacks kept in the pantry.

Plant-Based Options Without Soy – Plant-based diets are increasing in popularity including options that don’t use soy. This includes integrating more options such as mung beans, pumpkin and hempseeds, seaweed chips and spanakopita into your diet. The additional benefit of many of these foods is they have fewer allergy risks than soy.

More than Peanut Butter – The peanut butter aisle is getting more competition all the time with different nut butters coming on the scene, such as almond, cashew and pumpkin seed. The aisle is also getting butters made from other sources such as chickpeas. The trend is one that’s growing, so make sure to take a closer look at the lesser viewed sections of the aisle (the top and lower shelves) and see what’s new and exciting, with many of the additions being paleo and keto friendly.

Make it Sweet(er) – If you like sweeteners in food, the options beyond sugar are expanding, with many of them being more natural and healthier. This includes syrups from pomegranates and coconuts, as well as sweeteners made from starches like sorghum and sweet potatoes.

Fun with Drinks – Zero alcohol drinks are becoming more popular with more options entering the market all the time, and not only at the grocery store, but at popular restaurants and bars. This includes hops infused sparkling water, and zero-proof apertifs.

The key with new foods, as with any current popular options, is to make sure to eat and drink in moderation.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

The physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for cancer, blood disorders, breast health conditions, pulmonary disease and sleep disorders. The practice also has a long-standing history of participating in clinical research conducting more than 170 Phase I, II and III clinical research studies each year. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.


The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.