From Kale Chips to Brewing Chocolate: 8 Superfoods You Should Try Now

Cleveland Clinic docs pick the healthiest new food trends (10 Photos)

Cleveland Clinic on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:05AM

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From Kale Chips to Brewing Chocolate: 8 Superfoods You Should Try Now

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Doctors' Orders: Eat Healthy

Health food isn't just about brown rice and tofu anymore. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen a coming together of the health-food business and the fancy-foods industry, because consumers are demanding healthier foods,” says Ron Tanner, vice president of communications and education for the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. These trends are driven by a desire to keep healthy diets interesting, says Phil Lempert, editor of SupermarketGuru.com. People don’t like to feel deprived when they’re eating healthfully, and trendy new ingredients help keep consumers excited about what’s on their plate. While not all health-food trends are worth pursuing, we’ve selected a handful you’ll be hearing about in the next year that get the Cleveland Clinic’s stamp of approval. If they help you eat well, there’s no harm in indulging in superfood trends. Still, Lempert reminds us that eating just one trendy food can’t replace a healthful diet. “There are more than 400 items in the produce department, and they’re all superfoods.”

From healthy fats to food swaps, learn how to cook and eat healthier at clevelandclincwellness.com.

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