you try to eat healthy, but healthy food fads seem to come and go as fast as fashion trends. It’s tough to keep up! A few years ago, heart-healthy oats and pomegranate juice were in vogue. More recently, everyone has been eating Greek yogurt and kale, which are now ingredients in dozens of food products including candy, dips, and snacks. But a whole new crop of good-for-you-sounding foods are about to upstage them. We rounded up seven of them here. Ever chow down on bean pasta or munch on hemp seeds? Our guide can help you figure out whether those and other hot health foods are worth putting in your shopping cart.
What to buy or skip Look for bags of whole seeds. In packaged products, the seeds are generally too low on the ingredients list to make any difference in your diet.
What to buy or skip Pick pastas with beans listed first in ingredients lists.
What to buy or skip You’re better off going for the whole seeds or equally healthy hemp milk than products that have seeds in them.
What to buy or skip Shop the refrigerator case, where you’ll find fermented foods like yogurt and kefir as well as sauerkraut and pickles. (The shelf-stable versions aren’t fermented, so you can skip those.) Also look for a label that says the food has “live” cultures, which need refrigeration to stay active. Fermented foods that are heat-treated or pasteurized lose the good bacteria along with the bad.