CBD edibles expected to be a breakout nutrition trend in 2019

It is anticipated that cannabidiol (CBD) edibles will be the breakout trend in 2019, nutrition expert Meghan Telpner suggests in dishing on which healthy food and lifestyle trends are expected in the coming year.

“With the legalization and rising popularity of recreational cannabis in Canada and parts of the U.S., CBD edibles have moved well beyond pot brownies,” Telpner, also an author and founder and director of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, says in statement from Toronto-based Meghan Telpner Inc.

“Top chefs across North America are infusing CBD in everything from baked goods to grass-fed butter to fine dining favourites like emulsions, purées and cooked meat,” she reports. “Though larger cohort studies are needed to confirm the safety and benefit of long-term use, people are finding relief from anxiety, pain and other ailments with CBD,” Telpner emphasizes, she, nonetheless, expects the ingredient will soon be cropping up “on menus and in ready-made foods, beauty care and cookbooks.”

Other 2019 health trends include the following:

  • medicinal mushrooms such as reishi and chaga, and adaptogenic herbs like astragalus and maca are finding their way into everyday food and drinks–from coffee to bone broth and tea shops—and have been reported to help regulate immune systems and lower stress;
  • ketogenic snack options, which fuel workouts and workaholics alike as people experience accelerated recovery and clarity of mind when their body is powered by ketone bodies, the by-products of the breakdown of fatty acids;
  • grain-free, fibre-rich cassava flour—which is gaining profile because of the continued growth of the gluten-free and Paleo movement—is mild-flavoured and an easy substitute for wheat in baking; and
  • organic cocktails, with small batch artisanal infusions.