2018 Nutrition Trends – What to Watch For


Some trends and popular practices from 2017 will continue their presence in the New Year (perhaps with greater emphasis than the year before). But, we will likely see new patterns emerge. Here’s what you can watch for in 2018.


What we saw in 2017

We saw many an interesting trend this past year. The year 2017 seemed to accentuate the following topics.

  • Bullet Proof Coffee
  • Functional Foods
  • Changes in Nutrition Food Labeling practices
  • An enhanced focus on sustainable foods and organic foods consumption
  • Protein emphasis and ketogenic diets
  • Macronutrient counting
  • Continued app development for food tracking
  • Everything coconut oil
  • Grass-fed and/or grass-finished protein sources
  • Alternatives to traditional pasta (zoodles, for example)
  • Increased popularity of dietary fats (as opposed to the fat-phobia of years past)


What we will see (or continue to see) in 2018

It’s highly likely we will see many of these same patterns continue this year. But, watch for an increased emphasis on certain practices and a reveal of new focal points. Watch for the following to gain momentum in 2018.


  • Ketogenic diets will continue to remain popular. Research supports the use of this type of diet for weight loss and blood sugar stabilization. This eating style is particularly beneficial for those with type II diabetes.


  • The debate on nutrition label changes will surge. New labeling regulations were scheduled to appear this year, a change in the government’s administration policies and practices halted this effort. The need for these changes will not disappear, but the journey to enact these changes will neither be tranquil nor swift.


  • “Type 3 Diabetes” is gaining attention (otherwise referred to as Diabetes of the Brain” – Alzheimer’s). We can anticipate an “eating for brain health” (as opposed to the “eating for heart health”) movement.


  • Fats and protein will continue their time in the spotlight. This is expected considering the popularity of ketogenic diets which emphasize more fat, moderate protein, and lower carb intake.


  • Expect more pseudo-grains to become available on the market (amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, etc.). These “grains” gained popularity years ago, but consumer demand is influencing their production and availability.


As is common, trends change often and swiftly. Stay abreast of the changing landscape and be ready to answer the question, “what’s trending?”.

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Dr. Erin Nitschke, NFPT-CPT, NSCA-CPT, ACE Health Coach, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Therapeutic Exercise Specialist, and Pn1 is a health and human performance college professor, fitness blogger, mother, and passionate fitness professional. She has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and college instruction. Erin believes in the power of a holistic approach to healthy living. She loves encouraging her clients and students to develop body harmony by teaching focused skill development and lifestyle balance. Erin is also the Director of Educational Partnerships & Programs for the NFPT. Erin is an editorial author for ACE, IDEA, The Sheridan Press, and the Casper Star Tribune. Visit her personal blog at belivestaywell.com
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