March 9, 2009
(CBS) Early Show contributor and registered dietitian Keri Glassman stopped by to discuss the latest super fruits and other health food trends.
Glassman says there are more super fruits making it to markets this year, like mangosteen and goji and acai. They're in more products -- in soaps, cereals and granola. There are tons of juice blends out there, too.
There are also tons of new products for kids like bite-sized peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, healthier cookie and baking mixes, healthier instant French toast that fortified with vitamins.
Gluten free is also still going strong. Pre and probiotics are big -- in everything from bars to baby food to frozen food, so are omega 3s with an emphasis on omega 3s for athletes. There are new ways of getting omegas -- from flax, to chia and hemp! A lot of products for kids and baby nutrition and also new products for school systems.
Trends for 2009
1. SUPER FRUITS:
Acai, goji, pomegranate, and more and in many new places. Some examples of products:
We know omegas from salmon and walnuts are healthy for everything from burning fat to improving mood to being anti-inflammatory agents but they are also found in hemp, chia and flaxseeds -- these ingredients being put in many new places:
4. NEW SWEETENERS:
New ones to look out for Acerola, Graviola and Caja
May improve gastrointestinal health. May improve calcium and magnesium absorption
The principal characteristic and effect of prebiotics in the diet is to promote the growth and proliferation of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract and thus potentially yield or enhance the effect of probiotic bacteria.