Consumers today are increasingly experimenting and engaging in a variety of special food lifestyle and diet choices. To help you keep up with these food trends, we have briefly explained some current speciality diets and listed some products that may be suitable to purchase or stock.
Vegetarian: Generally eats everything except red meat, chicken or fish. Some vegetarian diets may not include eggs.
Vegan: As above but consumes no animal products including eggs, honey, dairy products, gelatine or other animal by-products.
Flexitarian: Primarily has a vegetarian diet, however eats meat or fish on occasion.
Raw Food: Raw and unrefined fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Plant-based: Foods that are not derived from animals including all legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, plant proteins, and non-dairy (plant) milk. A "plant-based diet" moves away from highly processed foods and sets the basis for vegans and vegetarians.
Gluten Free: No grains or flours containing the protein gluten - avoiding wheat, rye, barley, triticale, spelt, oats and kamut. Some alternative grains, seeds and flours that are naturally gluten free include quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, rice, besan (chickpea flour), coconut flour and brown rice flour.
Paleo: Also known as the "caveman diet". Paleo draws from hunter-gatherer principles, focusing on whole, unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruit, eggs, nuts, seeds, meat, fish/seafood, healthy fats and oils (olive, coconut, etc). Foods not allowed include cereal grains, legumes, dairy, potatoes, refined sugar.
Locavore: Eating food grown in local community or region.
Low FODMAP: An acronym for foods Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. A brief listing of food to avoid include - Excess Fructose: Honey, Apples, Mango Fructans: Wheat (in large amounts), Rye (in large amounts), Barley (in large amounts).Lactose: Milk, dairy Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS): Legume beans (eg. baked beans, kidney beans, bortolotti beans), Lentils, Chickpeas. Polyols: Apples, Apricots, Nectarines, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Mushrooms, sorbitol (420), mannitol (421), xylitol (967), maltitol (965) and isomalt (953). Please note this is not an extensive list.