Group predicts top food and nutrition trends for 2017

by Monica Watrous
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The International Food Information Council Foundation has compiled a list of hot topics for 2017.

WASHINGTON — A coffee craze, a pasta comeback and a continued infatuation with protein are on tap as top US food and nutrition trends in 2017. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation compiled a list of hot topics for the year based on in-house survey research and health professional expertise, plus other data and observations.

Last year, the group predicted the rise of personalized nutrition, fermented foods and ugly produce.

Functional foods

Turmeric, jackfruit and kefir were among top Google searches in the past year, signaling increased interest in foods with health benefits beyond basic nutrition.

Nearly half of consumers surveyed by the IFIC Foundation indicated weight loss or weight management is a health benefit they would like to receive from the foods they eat, and a third listed increased energy, cardiovascular health, healthy aging or digestive health.

 Defining healthy


Food labeling has been the subject of discussion and debate in recent years. More recently, the word “healthy” has come under scrutiny. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of redefining what qualifies as “healthy” in the labeling of food products.

More than a third of consumers surveyed said a healthy food is defined in part by what it does not contain, rather than what it does contain.

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