Blueberries and beets are among the top superfoods projected for 2019. ( Graphic by The Packer )

Fresh produce takes four spots on a new top 10 list of superfoods.

Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian surveyed more than 1,300 registered dietitian nutritionists on which foods consumers will favor as healthiest in 2019.

Avocado, blueberries, beets and exotic fruit like acai and golden berries all made the cut, according to a news release. Other items on the list were fermented foods, seeds, ancient grains, nuts, coconut products and non-dairy milks.

Beets and blueberries were new to the list, while kale finished outside the top 10.

 

Diets

Those surveyed reported keto as the number one diet trend, followed by intermittent fasting.

“It’s clear from these predictions that consumers are on the hunt for a flat belly and will take extreme diet measures in their pursuit,” Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian wrote in the release.

The top diet trend reported for last year was clean eating, which dietitians point to as still relevant if not as wildly trendy as the other two.

“It’s not that ‘clean eating’ has declined in popularity,” Jenna Bell, senior vice president of Pollock Communications, said in the release. “We are still seeing the consumer push for cleaner labels and the industry continues their work to deliver it. But what’s different here is that millennial consumers are going beyond eliminating a food group, like cutting gluten, to making more drastic changes that require real lifestyle adjustments.

“It’s beyond food is medicine,” Bell said in the release. “Now food is the core of wellness.”

 
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