Fiona Tuck, Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, shares her insight into upcoming superfood trends of 2017 that can diversify your diet and spice up your cooking routine:
Contrary to it’s name, tigernuts are not actually a nut. In fact they are a tiny tuber (root) vegetable, the same vegetable family as potatoes and sweet potatoes. These mini vegetables are nutritional power houses, high in fibre, protein, vitamins C & E, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and good fats. The added bonus is that they are gluten, nut and dairy free. They can be eaten as a tasty snack or made into a nutritious drink.
We’ve all heard of adding ‘probiotics’ (good gut bacteria) to our diet in order for our gut flora to flourish. However, in order for probiotics to thrive, we should be incorporating PREbiotics first. Inulin, a soluble fibre, is gut prebiotic and boasts an array of wonderful health benefits. Inulin is a fructan which is indigestible by our body, but is critical for the maximising the good bacteria in our gut. As our body cannot digest the fructans, inulin has little or no impact on blood sugar or insulin making it ideal for those with blood sugar imbalances. Health benefits include enhanced immune system function, heart health and improved absorption of minerals in the body. Inulin helps satiate the appetite aiding weight loss and aids digestion. Inulin is most often sourced from Jerusalem artichokes and chicory.
We are not talking the sugar laden, artificially coloured jelly or yester year but super healthy wellness jelly. From bone broth based dessert jellies, healthy gut healing gummies to gelatin infused smoothies and juices, the humble gelatin is making a comeback. Grass fed gelatin is being used in a variety of health foods and drinks for its gut healing, skin boosting, hair shining and nail strengthening properties. Gelatin can be added to soups, stews, juices and desserts to enhance the cell strengthening properties.
Activated charcoal is regular charcoal that has been treated with gas to create to multiple tiny internal spaces within the charcoal. These tiny spaces within the activated charcoal “trap” toxins and chemicals almost like a sponge.
Activated charcoal is used in medicine primarily to treat poisonings such as alcohol poisoning but is also used in water filters to purify water, and in tablet or powder form to help reduce flatulence, and alleviate symptoms of traveller’s tummy bugs and dysentery. 2017 is set to see activated charcoal becoming a huge trend and we will see it being added to a variety of health foods, smoothies, juices and skincare for its detoxifying benefits. Beware however as activated charcoal is so good at trapping chemicals it does this with the majority of substances it comes into contact with not just poisons. This means that the current detox trend of adding activated charcoal to juices, smoothies or food negates the nutrient content of the food!
About Fiona Tuck
Fiona is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Skincare Expert, Forensic nutritionist and an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Her in-depth knowledge and insight into future trends within the health industry has made her a sought-after expert.
Fiona believes that the majority of health conditions can be traced back to nutritional deficiencies. If these deficiencies are left undiagnosed they can eventually lead to disease within the body. Using a customised strategy for each individual, Fiona specialises in diagnosing and correcting nutritional deficiencies to assist her clients on the road to improved health. Fiona is very well respected in her field of skincare and nutrition and her clients, amongst many, include wellness coaches, celebrities and medical professionals.