Healthy food trends for 2019

Image 1 of 2

You may have noticed some grocery store staples are getting a healthy reboot,

CentreSpring MD's Dr. Taz Bhatia says it's part of a trend in 2019 -- to give people healthier options to the foods they love, like pasta.

"So there's everything from pastas made out of legumes, like lentil pastas. There is black bean pasta now, which I hadn't seen in a long time," says Dr. Bhatia.

And, she says, people are shifting away from white rice, too.

"Obviously, white rice to brown rice but now to wild rice and black rice, which seems to have more fiber and more antioxidants in it. So, that's a trend as well."

She not only expects to see a continuation of the plant-based trend but an escalation. Dr. Taz, as her patients call her, foresees people shifting away from dairy, too.

When it comes to diets, Keto is still king, for now. But Dr. Taz predicts intermittent fasting will soon take over as the most popular way to lose weight.  It involves eating -- during a specific time window each day and then fasting overnight.

"We create an 8-hour eating interval, it's different for different people. Maybe it's from 12 to 8 or 10 to 6 or whatever your lifestyle dictates. But then you have at least a 14 to 16 overnight fast. That allows a period of gut rest where the digestive system can reboot like a computer and really break things down well," says Dr. Bhatia.

"So for any erratic eater, busy person, stressed out person, it seems to work because it creates boundaries.  I have to eat from here to here. If I don't eat, I can't eat.  And that creates this, sort of, I've got to be accountable for myself.