The Top 10 Health Trends of 2017

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"Ugly produce" will go mainstream this year

“Ugly produce” will go mainstream this year

Health trends come and go!

Think of goji berries, Noni juice, raw chocolate, etc. We don’t hear much about those superfoods anymore.

But we’re still bombarded with information about Himalayan salt lamps, juicing, and a bunch of other things.

What will be the health crazes of 2017 and what should be on our radar?  Here are my predictions.

Bone Broth

Get ready to become overwhelmed with news about bone broth being some “miracle food.” Savvy marketers will take advantage of the current revival of bone broth as and will create products incorporating it. Both broth smoothies anyone? Get ready for random products that will all fail.

Smartwatches Get Momentum

The next Apple Watch will become a tipping point for many people to give smartwatches a try. I believe that smartwatches will eventually become ubiquitous, but the technology is not quite there yet. Eventually, they will be an essential item to help us stay healthy and active.

No-Dinner Plans and Fasting

Intermittent fasting will continue to popular, and many people will give fasting a try, and new research will come out to prove the benefits of it. This is a good thing! Check out

Cannabis Gets More Popular

There’s no doubt that there’s a growing trend of legalization and acceptance of cannabis products. I’m very skeptical of this because I believe that the negative aspects of marijuana have been overlooked in the midst of the hype about legalization.

Sober Parties

The trend in the natural world is for less alcohol and more partying with “smart drugs.” Some people get “high” on chocolate and party with that instead of drinking! You’ll start to see more sober parties and more stories on the negatives of alcohol consumption, rather than the standard “it’s okay in moderation” advice.

Sugar Continues to Be the Villain

Sadly, the trend towards demonizing sugar as the cause of the obesity epidemic will continue. Sugar is not the villain it’s made out to be, but it will continue to be the scapegoat for the Standard American Diet for a while. See my article “Sugar is Your Friend.”

Plant-Based Diet Gains Ground

Plant-based diets continue to become more and more popular and may reach a tipping point of acceptance within a few years. One trend we’ll start seeing is more discussion on the role of meat production in climate change. Sadly, many people will move towards a pescatarian diet (no meat but replacing it with fish), and 2017 won’t be the year where we realize the destruction brought about by commercial fishing.

We Collectively Get Over Kale Chips

It’s about time that the kale craze stops. There are other super-healthy and less glamorous green vegetables that we completely ignore. Kale is now the most sold vegetable in the US. Kale chip producers: prepare to be disappointed in 2017!

Ugly produce

You’ll see more creative ways to use “ugly fruits and vegetables” this year. Good news!


Jackfruit is so easy to grow in tropical countries and produces an unbelievable amount of food. In 2017, many people will start using it as one solution towards hunger problems in developing countries, but you’ll also see more jackfruit products available in the West.

What do you think of my predictions? Will 2017 be the end of Kombucha? Will Donald Trump agree to go vegan? Leave your comments below!

Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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