These are the healthiest food trends in 2022

This year offers opportunities for new healthy habits and changing your diet. Food trends can inspire you. A food trend that plays an important role in 2022 is limiting our food waste. Did you know that 30 percent of our food is thrown away? Those are huge numbers. That waste is in the entire chain, on the land, at the supermarket and restaurants. But the waste is also great within our households. More conscious purchasing and dosing can ensure that we reduce these numbers. Weighing our food contributes to limiting waste and creates awareness about what we eat.

More variety means more bio-diversity

In general, we eat quite monotonously. With a varied diet you automatically provide more variety in the fields. This in turn has a positive effect on bio-diversity: it is better for soil life and insects. In the US, 40 to 50 percent of the diet consists of wheat. If there is one thing that is healthy, it is a varied diet. For yourself – after all, you get a lot more different vitamins, minerals and nutrients – but also for the earth. Organic food also plays an important role in this. Because organic farming does not use pesticides and fertilizers, this is a friendlier choice for nature, bio-diversity, the richer flora and the insects and soil life.

How do you introduce this trend into your kitchen?

Introduce more variety in your diet by choosing less often for wheat, rice and potatoes. For example, make your pancake from buckwheat, cook a pasta made from chickpeas or opt for a mushroom mix, instead of just mushrooms. Also think about new recipes and vegetables that you have never eaten. Finally, you can opt for organic more often to stimulate biodiversity.

Less meat, and especially other meat

Plant-based foods have a lower environmental impact than meat. This is because it easily takes 8 to 10 kilos of plant-based food for just one kilo of beef. This differs per animal species. The amount of water, the emission of greenhouse gases from the manure, the transport of animal feed, the pesticides also make the meat more polluting for the environment. What most people are not aware of is that the environmental pressure differs greatly per category of meat. The exact numbers differ depending on which calculation you make. But beef is generally eight times more polluting than chicken. You see that fish and shellfish have a lower eco-pressure on average than warm-blooded animals like beef, chicken and pork. So if you or your family don’t want to eat less meat, take a look at which meat you eat.

How do you introduce this trend into your kitchen?

Vegetable food has the lowest eco-pressure. If you don’t want to eat less meat, opt for minced chicken instead of ground beef. Or go for fish and shellfish.

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