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What can we expect for food trends in 2022?

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Happy New Year!  What can we expect for food trends in 2022?  Food marketers and health professionals are weighing in on the top food and beverage trends for the coming year.  Among them is a term new to me, “reducetarianism” which refers to a gradual reduction (not elimination) of animal-based foods in favor of more plant-based foods.   Indeed, we’ll see more plant-based food products and meat-alternatives introduced to meet increased demand.  Other trends include functional beverages (think reduced sugar soda type with added probiotics, prebiotics and more), continued popularity of turmeric, and alcohol-free beverages or “mocktails” as people try to reduce the pandemic influenced alcohol intake.  The International Food and Information Council (IFIC) reports that wellness, nostalgia, innovation and new views of sustainability are among the food trends for 2022.  From a culinary perspective, the New York Times highlighted mushrooms as the ingredient of the year and a focus on regional flavors from India.   It might be interesting to poll students to predict what they feel will  be “hot” in the nutrition, diet, and food arena for 2022!   And how the pandemic has impacted and influenced food practices and perspectives.  

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Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for Learn25.com (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.