This is a Top Global Wellness Trend – Is Your Restaurant Ready?

This is a Top Global Wellness Trend – Is Your Restaurant Ready?
1/30/2019

Diet confusion, new tech and the “power of me” propel personalized nutrition into mainstream.

 
Courtesy of Global Wellness Summit

What we put in our bodies has never been more scrutinized. Many believe that this laser focus—from where our food is sourced to its nutritional content to the rise of vegetarianism, dairy-free and gluten-free diets to the growing food tribes of keto, paleo and the like—has no doubt led to a healthier population. Plant-based diets are on the rise, transparency and sustainability make headlines, and food waste is lambasted. All good things, right?

However, researchers such as David Bosshart, a keynote speaker at the 2018 Global Wellness Summit had a different take: “We are confused about what we eat, where we eat, and when to eat it. We define ourselves by what we’re eating, but, even more so, by what we don’t eat. Food may have moved to the center of our lives, but we are overwhelmed by our choices.”

Enter the age of personalized nutrition where science and technology can dictate what food is right for us—not only for weight management but, more importantly, to manage our overall health and wellness.



Fueling the Trend
The Power of Me
There’s no denying that today’s consumers expect personalization in every aspect of their lives—whether it’s artificial intelligence-based recommendations from Netflix or Amazon, designing our own pair of Nikes or Levis, restaurants that cater to every dietary need, or devices that track every move we make, including requesting help if we’ve fallen or our heart rate is in the danger territory. Personalization is a trend that is here to stay—a 2018 study of US consumers showed that 90 percent find personalization appealing.

One-Size-Does-Not-Fit-All
Researchers and scientists are in agreement: there isn’t a one-size-fits-all fix. Not long ago, we believed our genetic makeup was predetermined and simply a biological reality; however, the emergence of epigenetics has shown that our genes are fluid and are shaped by our behavior (such as diet, exercise, stress management and other lifestyle and environmental choices). Read More