Here is a list of the hottest nutrition and food teaching topics from the past few months.
As much as people want a magic bullet for their health, teachers want a magic topic. Whenever there is a new list of Dietary Guidelines, a new regulation, or new news there is a hot topic. Right now the emerging hot topic is back to the basics. With nutrition there are always plenty of basics and people love to review and learn them! The 2019 Nutrition Month theme is now all about reviewing the benefits of nutrition versus having a catchy theme.
Here are the hottest topics based on our expert writers’ recommendations, research in the news, views for blog posts, telephone and email inquiries with customers and readers, Amazon book sales, and over 500 blogs that we follow.
We thought we would share the current and predicted hot topic list so you can plan ahead for 2019.
- Kitchen How-To Cooking Demos for Seasonal Items – this is always our most popular topic and the how-to section in Amazon Cookbooks reflects that people want science, everyday cooking, more science, family recipes, and “low-calorie, high-flavor taste”
- Benefits of Family Meals and using MyPlate plates to help kids eat more fruits and veggies
- Plant Based Diet Basics: How to Plan Meals, New Foods, Benefits
- Ethnic Food Discoveries: Asian is HOT! Vietnamese, Indian, Afghanistan, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and more! We see more ethnic foods in all grocery stores and the National Restaurant Association reports that global is the hottest and most consistent trend to date.
- Sugar: How to Find It, How to Consume Less
- Meal Planning Skill Building: Go interactive with your audience!
- Tests and Quizzes: What Do We Know? What Did We Learn? Quizzes, puzzles, and tests are consistently popular.
- Dietary Guidelines: They are so big and chocked full of information, find a page and review the lessons while waiting for 2020’s update. All of our posts regarding the guidelines are always very popular.
- Fiber and Nutrient Density: a great combo lesson and way for consumers to understand nutrient quality plus fiber and gut health are always popular. One dietitian author of F-Factor has had great success using fiber education to help people lose weight.
- Weight Loss – a recent CDC survey found that half of all adults over the age of 20 have tried to lose weight over the past year and two thirds of all adults in the US are still overweight or obese.
- Self Control – for better habits and weight loss success – October 2018 study and there are numerous studies on sleep and weight control
- How Do We Define Healthy Food? Comfort Food! This is according to one foodservice director and health educator making a difference in K-12 cafeterias. It is a more positive term and strategy for kids than health food or whole food. More examples of positive terms along these lines are real foods, slow foods, and local foods.
All of these and more are in the new theme finder!