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A new year always brings with it a new wave of fad-diets, hipster health trends and fitness concepts.

To help you sort the wheat(grass) from the chaff, we’ve recruited our Swisse experts to predict which 2017 health trends are worth trying. You read it here first.

 

Vegetarianism

"Vegetarianism! A great way to get people to eat more vegetables. It’s more than simply removing the meat; what to swap it with is just as important," says Simone Austin, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian. "Since 2012, the number of Australian adults who completely or partially eat a vegetarian diet has risen from 1.7 million people to almost 2.1 million, the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research revealed."

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Minerals

“Many people concentrate on their macro-nutrients and vitamins but tend to forget about minerals," says Sherree Banh, Swisse Nutritional Customer Service Advisor & Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (BSc). “Expect a big emphasis on alternative health products that are rich in minerals like Diatomaceous Earth, a product that claims to improve gut health, boost your skin’s appearance and balance your blood pressure.”

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All things gut

"I’m not sure how 'new’ this is but my biggest prediction for health trends is all things gut health, which is linked to weight, energy, immunity and mood. But most of all will be the number of people addressing the massive rise of auto-immune diseases," says Di Mitchelmore, Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Nutritional Biochemistry (Bsc) & Swisse National Training Manager. "There are many examples of this, like Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Multiple sclerosis (MS), Hashimoto’s disease, Type 1 diabetes, Lupus and Coeliac’s disease. The gut and its link to the immune system in involved in all of these conditions. Diets that help reduce inflammation will be big.”

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Fermented foods

“My prediction is that within the health food and supplement space, probiotics and fermented foods will continue to be an exciting trend to watch,” says Kaylee Azzopardi, Accredited Practising Dietitian, MDiet BFS&N(Hons) BNut, Swisse Research Associate. “Also, as more and more people become aware of the stories behind their food and supplements, locally sourced foods and ingredients will strongly trend.”