Consumers are most likely to view animal-based proteins such as meat, seafood and poultry as high quality, according to a survey of registered dietitians.
|Sharon Palmer, nutrition editor, Today’s Dietitian|
“Mindful eating is a slower and more thoughtful approach to eating,” said Palmer. “Instead of focusing on diets, dietitians recommend choosing foods based on a wholesome ingredient list and high level of quality proteins and carbohydrates.”
The survey polled more than 1,700 registered dietitians across the country on what they believe will be this year’s big trends in food and eating. Compared to 2016, dietitians reported that consumers will be less concerned with the food trends of previous years, such as foods free of gluten or genetic modification. They attribute this decline to food label transparency and more food companies changing their ingredient decks. In contrast, consumers will be looking for more low-sodium and sugar-free options in 2017.
When the dietitians were asked what they recommend their clients consider when making food purchase decisions, 63.5 percent identified high-quality protein. Further, 74 percent stated that consumers are most likely to view animal-based proteins such as meat, seafood and poultry as high quality, as compared to 11.3 percent for eggs, 10.1 percent for plant-based proteins (e.g., whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, etc.), 2.9 percent for dairy foods and 1.7 percent for soy foods. Poultry was the most common recommendation, followed by seafood. An overwhelming majority do not recommend processed meat products.