Healthy Food Trends

Health Food Trends of 2020


If the past few years are any indication, healthy foods will continue to reign. Not just healthy–today’s consumers demand more from their eats. From health benefits to taste to style, they want it all, and these up-and-coming trends promise to deliver.


Plant-Based “Meats”


Vegan-friendly stand-ins for traditional meat dishes (such as burgers) took off in 2019, and we expect to see them become more mainstream this year. More interest in the plant-based trend is sure to come in 2020, meaning a more extensive selection and better-quality products in the future. The newest plant-based meats have stepped it up a notch with products that genuinely appeal to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike in taste, texture, aroma, and sustainability.


CBD-Infused Beverages


Last year, we watched as CBD oil made its way into everything from cosmetics to candy. One popular CBD category to watch this year is beverages. Lattes, sparkling water, smoothies, and many other favorites are now infused with the hemp derivative for its purported relaxing, mood-enhancing, and pain-relieving effects. Most anything containing CBD is likely to be a hot seller, so any beverage company would do well to look into this extremely hot trend.


Better Non-Alcoholic Beverage Choices


The sober-curious movement is growing by leaps and bounds as more people explore their alcohol-free options to improve their health. In the past, there has been a shortage of non-alcoholic options that are delicious and festive, but that’s not the case anymore. People who prefer not to imbibe can enjoy virgin versions of their favorite cocktails as well as an endless array of new mixes–minus the alcohol.


Low-Carb Diets


Low-carb diets seem to come and go as the years pass, but the keto diet has exploded into the spotlight with millions of people choosing this path as a tool for weight loss and obtaining optimal health. Regardless of whether one diet can rule them all, one thing is for sure: the low-carb lifestyle isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so it’s a smart move for food companies and flavorists to take notice.