The Daily Meal’s Top Food and Drink Trend Predictions for 2016
In 2016, we’re hoping to see grocery stores embrace “ugly” foods — which deserve just as much shelf space as cosmetically beautiful fruits and vegetables, as well as the return of full-fat foods. After a year of gluten-free, paleo, and clean-eating crazes, we’re ready to indulge in fat — and so is the rest of America. Fermented foods, like kimchi and kombucha, remain important because of how much they do for our gut health, which affects our overall health as well.
As Americans get more and more adventurous with their eating habits, we’re betting on 2016 as the year that delicious and “exotic” cuisines, like Filipino, Malaysian, and Hawaiian, gain a wider audience. Finally, as whole foods cement their place in the American diet, we’re anticipating two important changes to the way we eat — more vegetable-driven restaurant menus as fresh produce gets the respect it deserves; and, as Americans get smarter about sustainability, better welfare conditions for the animals we are eating.