their drinking vinegars to create a boozy yet healthy libation. The out-there trend comes on the heels of the kombucha craze, but instead of
reaping the health benefits of kombucha’s probiotic scoby, or “mother,”
consumers instead get their healthy digestion kick from a few shots of
raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, which also contains probiotics. Drinking vinegar is also believed to help control weight and blood
sugar levels, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and fight colds.
6 TURMERIC AND OTHER SPICES Homeopathic treatments have ancient roots, but modern con- sumers are rediscovering their benefits. Throughout history,
humans have used herbs, spices, health boosters and natural remedies
for whatever ailed them, but these plant-based treatments had lost some
of their love over the past few decades. Now, in the age of Google, it is
easier for consumers to discover at-home remedies, which have been
reinvigorated by the power of plants. Turmeric has been the hottest
homeopathic spice on the market in 2017 by far. The bright orange
spice is typically used in Indian curries and other dishes, but it has
quickly made its way into American products such as tea, a turmeric-infused drink called “golden milk,” honey and gummy supplements.
Ginger has been another favorite because of its ability to quickly soothe
upset stomachs and other digestion problems. Manufacturers have created mouthwatering candies, organic juices, gum, tea and other elixirs
using the healthy root. Sumac may be the spice world’s next shining
star. While it’s not yet well known in the mainstream market, the world
is starting to learn about its antioxidant properties and ability to fight
diabetes and lower cholesterol. Industry experts have predicted the tart
spice may be invading pantries very soon.
7 MILK AND DAIRY ALTERNATIVES When soy milk sales started to dwindle, the next big thing on the market was almond milk. While almond milk still holds
its own, the dairy-alternative aisles are booming with innovation in
what may be the fastest-changing category on supermarket shelves.
Alongside soy and almond milks, consumers can find milks made from
cashews, coconuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and pistachios. The category has
moved past just milks made from soy and nuts, creating milk alternatives made from grains like brown rice and even hemp. The dairy milk-alternative market has also picked up on the cold brew coffee craze and
created ready-to-drink coffee products that incorporate nut milk for a