Discover The Most Popular Diet Trends of 2016

by Myla Cruz

From caveman diets to the widespread juicing craze, this year was as filled with some memorable eating trends. Here are some of the most popular diets of 2016. 

The Paleo Diet

The paleo diet focuses on low carb, lean protein, fruits, veggies and healthy fats—all things that would have been accessible to Paleolithic humans who inhabited the planet roughly 2.6 million years ago. Things that Paleolithic humans definitely wouldn’t have been munching on—which are nixed by dieters—include dairy, grains, processed foods, processed sugars, and starches. 

Check Out These Paleo Recipes From Z Living:

Paleo Recipe Of The Week: Carrot Noodles With Lime
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Paleo Recipe Of The Week: Sweet Potato Soup With Bell Peppers

The Ketogenic Diet 

The ketogenic diet (keto) is a low-carb, high-fat diet, which aims to lower blood sugar and insulin levels by shifting the body’s metabolism away from carbs, towards healthy fats such as those found in olive oil, fish and avocados. The main focus of this diet is a swift decrease in carb intake and a no nonsense attitude about it. 

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Juicing has been a health craze in decades past, but creative innovation in blending technology  (cold press) and a whirlwind upswing in innovative options up for consumption has made it popular as ever. If you’re all in on this popular trend, try these drinkable delights that are sure to brighten up your cup and your day:

Check Out These Juice Recipes From Z Living: 

Yogic Diet: Beetroot Passion Smoothie
Slurp Up This Grapefruit Dandelion Juice
Detox Juice With Pineapple & Turmeric

Quinoa Everything!

This was a huge year for superfood and amazing grain, quinoa. Not only does quinoa pack a nutritional punch high in protein, zinc, fiber and iron, it can be prepared in a vast and expansive number of ways. If you went all of 2016 without loading up your plate with quinoa, get formerly introduced to the delicious and wholesome grain.

Check Out These Quinoa Recipes From Z Living:

It’s The Year of Quinoa! Discover 7 Easy Recipes
Recipe: Stuffed Quinoa Bell Peppers
Gluten-Free Quinoa Cookies With Chai Tea Latte


Whether it’s for health or ethical reason, veganism—a diet which excludes all meat, fish, poultry and animal by-products such as eggs, dairy products and honey—was wildly popular in 2016. Approximately 1 million Americans practice a strict vegan diet, while the numbers triple for those who practice a vegan diet irregularly throughout the year. On top of being incredibly beneficial in preventing a number of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and obesity, a vegan diet could actually help save the lives of up to 8 million people who would otherwise perish from the aforementioned ailments.

Check Out These Vegan Recipes From Z Living:

Nutella, Bacon, Buffalo Wings: Vegan Versions Of Your Favorite Foods
Vegan & Gluten-Free Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegan Nachos With Tofu Sour Cream

Did you take part in consuming any of these popular health food trends in 2016? We love to hear from you! Share with us in the comment sections below!


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