Put down the acai smoothie. Consumers are ditching food laced with exotic extracts in favor of produce in its natural form, says Suzy Badaracco of food forecasting firm Culinary Tides. Can't make this San Diego conference? Give these superfoods a try.
Kiwis rank high in vitamin C and fiber, and contain as much potassium as bananas. This equally nutritious variation from New Zealand, however, is less tart and much sweeter.
Not only does this pink, red, white, or bicolored bloom heal digestive ailments, it also lowers blood pressure for those with type 2 diabetes.
It's not just for soothing burns anymore—studies show that aloe may help the immune system regulate digestive health and reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
This oft-neglected vegetable is available year-round; loaded with vitamins A, C, and K, and is said to help prevent certain kinds of cancer.
A version of this article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Fast Company magazine.