Trends: Microbiome Focus

Microbiome Focus
There is no shortage of popular diets to challenge restaurant owners and menu planners in today’s clean eating, gluten-free, vegan, keto, paleo, flexitarian marketplace, but a focus on microbiomes, or gut health, is set to dominate the next wave in the culinary zeitgeist.
  • Many doctors and dieters see the bacteria in the digestive system as key to overall well being, hence the popularity of dishes that purport to maintain a healthy balance of microbiomes.
  • The main tenets of this eating style include eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats while avoiding overly processed foods and refined sugars.
  • Pickling, used historically as a method of preserving food, is good for gut health because of the live bacteria, or probiotics. Pair pickled cruciferous greens like kale, chards, and collards with protein-rich dishes like ribs.
  • Other flavorful ingredients that are said to aid gut health include kimchi, skyr, kombucha, apple cider, and beet kvass.