Nutrition, Wellness, and Dairy Trends to Help Us into 2022

Dec 30, 2021

Around the New Year, people begin setting resolutions to improve their wellness. Many companies promise all your wellness goals will come true if you eat (or don’t eat) this or if you buy (or don’t buy) that. People often turn to trends to help meet their wellness goals.  Let’s discuss health and wellness trends of 2022 and how dairy fits into these trends.

Focusing on Health Over Lifespan

Prior to the pandemic, Americans focused on extending their lives and not necessarily prioritizing their health. Now there is a growing realization that health span is as important as lifespan, and Americans are shifting their focus to overall immune health. The aim is to include enough immune-building nutrients daily to keep the immune system at peak performance. With growing evidence showing a link between gut health and overall health, we are searching for foods that will not only help build immune resilience to withstand symptoms and duration of illnesses, but also foods high in prebiotics and probiotics.

While many search for a quick fix to improve immune and gut health, like new services or special treatments, stick with the tried and true classic—good nutrition. A healthy eating pattern, including foods from all the food groups like dairy, whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, ensures you get the nutrients critical to optimal immune health. Dairy foods provide several vitamins and minerals known to play a role in immunity, such as vitamins A, D, and B, zinc, and selenium. Additionally dairy products, like kefir and yogurt, also supply a healthy dose of live and active cultures that support gut health.

Superfood Lattes

Superfood lattes are milk-based drinks, served warm or cold, that do not include caffeine. Rather than using caffeine, the trendy beverage incorporates a uniquely flavored blend of herbs, spices, and/or “superfood extracts” that promise a range of health benefits. While the term “superfood” has no specific definition, these lattes provide a robust range of nutrients from the milk. Superfood lattes are a great new way to help you get the recommended three servings of dairy daily. They are a great energy booster from the naturally occurring protein in milk. Keep in mind, there is minimal scientific evidence that the herbs, spices, and extracts have a direct impact on your health.

Sensible Indulgences

Over the past two years, Americans turned to savory snacks and homemade baked goods for comfort. In 2022, we expect the trend to turn toward finding snacks that feel indulgent and bring joy, but also help maintain health and wellness goals. Using dairy in your favorite recipes can add a healthy twist to indulgent snacks without sacrificing taste. These can be as simple as adding low fat sour cream to a muffin recipe to obtain maximum softness or upgrading your popcorn by sprinkling on Parmesan cheese. Dairy adds versatility to your plate and helps you savor your meals, moments, and what really matters.


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