Canadian Health Food Association predicts 2017's biggest natural health trends

Jan 4 2017, 10:46 pm

The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) has shared its predictions for the top natural health trends for 2017.

In consultation with industry experts, Canada’s largest trade association dedicated to the natural health and organic products industry, has revealed the following five trends for health-conscious Canadians to keep on their radar this year.


Packed with nutritional benefits, sprouted foods are low in calories and fat but high in easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, and digestible protein. Find sprouts for purchase at most grocers and also easily germinated at home.

Plant-based alternatives

A boom in plant-based eating has already popularized dairy alternatives made from almonds, hemp, soy, and coconuts. New to the fold this year, look forward to new dairy alternatives made from flax seeds, hazelnuts, and cashews.

The naturally lactose-free options boast creamy textures and low-calorie counts, while also providing an excellent source of calcium, vitamins A, D and E, and virtually no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Digestive enzymes

Naturally occurring in foods, digestive enzymes can help facilitate proper and efficient digestion while also upping the absorption of nutrients in the body and reducing bloating, indigestion, and the likelihood of ulcers.

Unfortunately, cooking and processing foods can often destroy said enzymes, which is why the CHFA suggests speaking to your healthcare practitioner to see if digestive enzyme supplements are right for you.


A rich source of B-vitamins and minerals, mushrooms are lauded for their multitude of health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties.

While a healthy dose in your diet is an excellent way to reap the benefits, the CHFA points towards research suggesting that maitake mushroom supplements and teas made from reishi mushrooms could provide potent immune boosting effects.

Smart carbs

While refined carbs can “stress your body’s system, overwhelm the digestive tract and spike insulin levels”, the CHFA endorses high-fibre carbs which “can result in better digestion, brain function, and more balanced energy.”

Expect to see new and exciting foods on the market this year including crunchy bean snacks as a substitute for chips, and bean pasta in lieu of traditional noodles.

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