Pinterest’s Top 10 Food Trends to Watch in2018

January 2018 is almost half over and I still have a lot of January predictions and review stores to post, so I’ll do my best to get them online this week. Here’s the first, a look at Pinterest’s annual Top 10 Food Trends, as reported in Cooking Light magazine.

Imagine low-sodium soups: I applaud the effort, but taste is lacking, big time.
If you plan to join the souping trend, make your own or check salt content, even on so-called low-salt soups.

1. The Rise of the Air Fryer
2. Souping Over Juicing
3. Potently Powerful Coffees
4. North African Spices
5. Plant Proteins
6. Edamame and Snap Peas
7. Spicy Condiments
8. Ghee
9. Vegan Desserts
10. Faux Cocktails

What do these mean to those of us on low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diets?  Fried food is a bad fat no-no, will air frying make it healthier? I’m sure that’s the hope. I say stay away from any fried foods. Making some in an air fryer might just remind you how much you miss that southern fried chicken or other fried dish you manager to give up.

Souping can mean high salt content if you buy pre-made soups. If you make your own, soup away.

Edamame is great if you get it unsalted, which is normally easy to do.

And what is Ghee? Basically its an Indian variation of clarified butter. Is it healthier? Likely not because it is high in saturated fat. Here’s a nutritional rundown from

“Like all fats, ghee is relatively high in calories, containing 112 calories per 1-tablespoon serving. A serving contains 12.7 grams of fat, minimal amounts of protein, and no carbohydrates, dietary fiber or sugars. Ghee is high in saturated fat, with 7.9 grams per serving.

“The American Heart Association recommends that your total fat intake be between 25 and 35 percent of your calories, and that saturated fats make up no more than 7 percent of your calories. This means that a person on a 2,000-calorie diet can consume between 56 and 78 grams of total fat, no more than 16 grams of which should come from saturated fats.”

Those numbers make you say “Gee, what are people so high on Ghee?” don’t they?


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