A part of the reason is climate change and re-energised concern for the planet, and could be seen as a part of the larger trend of ecologically-sustainable practices gaining popularity worldwide.
Carbs have perhaps been the most maligned nutrient over the years, owing to our lack of understanding the various types of carbs that are essential – even good – for you. One of the biggest food trends this year was the realisation of that, as health-food enthusiasts made a special push to incorporate high-carb veggies and fruits into the diet to make sure we’re getting the amount and types of carbs we need. Not just veggies, we also saw the rise of other high-carb alternatives in nuts and seeds, vegetables (like potatoes) and whatever category of food quinoa is.
Authentic regional cuisine
Regional cuisine was always big, but this was the year when diners started really caring on authenticity. Many restaurants delivered on the authenticity, too, giving us plenty of options if we ever feel like taking a gastronomical trip to some other part of the world. As with every year, Oriental flavours – especially Chinese – dominated the International regional cuisine market, with Middle Eastern being a close second. Many local regional flavours also came to the forefront, like Andhra and Naga, and we’re looking forward to the ones we’ll see in 2019.