Latest Weight Loss and Nutrition Trends

Eat a healthy, well balanced diet, full of colorThe Paleo Diet is still enjoying huge popularity, but (according to trendsetters) kale is SO last year.

With Dr. Oz under congressional investigation for weight loss hype, and pop-up ads touting the latest super berry on the market, it’s tough to figure out which way to turn when it comes to nutrition. While we encourage you to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that is colorful and is rich in fruits and vegetables, we thought we would share a few nutrition trends for 2014.

Here are some other hot nutrition trends you’re likely seeing this year

Gluten – and other allergy-free foods: The popularity of gluten free foods continues to rise, but an increasing number of food manufacturers are meeting other allergy demands by making foods that avoid top allergens. Look for better food labeling to indicate whether or not your food contains one of these allergens, including dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat, among others. (Learn more about the top 8 food allergens in the U.S.)

Ancient grains:Look for amaranth, millet, spelt, quinoa and Kamut in a wide variety of products on the grocery store shelves. Added bonus: many of them are gluten free!

Super Foods: According to the Huffington Post, blueberries, chia seeds, soy fiber, green tea, and quinoa continue to be in the top tier of super foods you should have in your kitchen.

Coconut: Coconut, coconut oil and all of the healthy fat and fiber coconut offers continue to be a hot trend in nutrition. Coconut has been linked to lowering cholesterol and reducing heart disease.

Cultured vegetables: Culturing (also known as fermenting, think sauerkraut) is making a serious comeback. Foods like sauerkraut and kefir help aid digestion. The jury is still out on the ever-popular kombucha tea and whether it is beneficial to your health.

Unprocessed food: The slow food movement hasn’t backed down, and more Americans than ever are enjoying more time in the kitchen, making their own food. It is definitely “in” to know what exactly is in the food you are eating. Plus, no more wondering what exactly natural flavorings or no sugar added really means.

Whatever you choose to promote your own health, Sunlighten celebrates all you do to keep your body in good condition! If you are interested in taking the next step in your wellbeing, be sure to check out our Health Benefits section for more information on how Sunlighten Infrared Saunas can help you accomplish your goals.

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