Pandemic Plates: Nutrition Experts Reveal Top Consumer Diet Changes Due to COVID-19


COVID-19 Transformed the Way Consumers Eat and View Food
As a result of the pandemic, 78% of RDNs believe that consumer eating habits are shifting away from the traditional 3 meals a day to more frequent snacking. In addition, with anxiety about health, wellness and the challenging economy looming in consumers' minds, RDNs predict the top purchase drivers of 2021 will be foods and beverages that:




  1. Support immunity

  2. Are affordable and value-based

  3. Promote comfort and emotional well-being


Top 10 Superfoods for 2021
With COVID-19 accelerating the healthy food revolution, foods and beverages with strong health and wellness benefits, sometimes referred to as "superfoods," have become dominant in consumer choices to help support immunity. From boosting gut health with fermented foods to reaping the benefits of antioxidants with blueberries and blunting inflammation with green tea, here are the top 10 superfoods that RDNs predict consumers will be seeking in 2021:



  1. Fermented foods, like yogurt & kefir

  2. Blueberries

  3. Green Tea

  4. Exotic fruit, like acai, golden berries

  5. Seeds, such as chia and hemp

  6. Avocados

  7. Spinach & leafy greens

  8. Kale

  9. Nuts

  10. Salmon


"A year full of staying home and cooking more has influenced consumers to rethink their food and nutrition choices. In 2020, the food and beverage industry saw sales increases in products like green tea, as well as renewed attention on comforting, tried and true foods like dairy milk and healthy, fermented foods like yogurt," says Louise Pollock, President of Pollock Communications. "The plant-forward trend continues to grow, as does demand for clean labels. Our trends survey findings reflect these significant changes caused by COVID-19 that will continue to affect eating habits and the food industry for years to come." 


Intermittent Fasting Ousts King Keto as the #1 Diet Trend
COVID-19 has made consumers more aware than ever of how food affects their ability to help fight and prevent disease. With this knowledge, consumers are seeking out diets that will help promote a healthy immune system and help them live longer, healthier lives. Intermittent fasting, suggested to enhance cellular renewal, has pushed out the ketogenic diet as the nation's top diet trend for 2021. It's clear that consumers are being more mindful of their eating habits and realize that what they eat, or don't eat, affects how they feel and how long they live. In addition, RDNs predict consumers will be looking for these top three popular ingredients in 2021 and beyond:



  1. CBD

  2. Collagen

  3. Hemp


Top 5 Nutrition Recommendations from RDNs
Consistent with previous years, the 2021 survey showed that social media, friends/family, and celebrities remain the top sources of nutrition misinformation for consumers. And nutrition experts continue to stand by these tried and true health and wellness eating tips for 2021:



  1. Eat more servings of vegetables per day

  2. Limit highly processed foods or fast foods

  3. Limit foods with "added sugars"

  4. Increase fiber intake

  5. Choose non-caloric drinks, like unsweetened tea and coffee


"We are witnessing unprecedented times in the world of nutrition, health and wellness," says Mara Honicker, publisher of Today's Dietitian. "As the world grapples with how to best manage health and longevity, consumer awareness of beneficial diets and ingredients is growing, and they will be looking to RDNs and the food industry to help navigate these shifting needs."


Pollock Communications is a New York City-based, independent, full-service food, health, and wellness public relations agency launched in 1991. Pollock's public relations and credentialed nutrition experts create innovative partnerships that link brands to health and wellness platforms. Pollock has a long history of reaching key influencers and successfully communicating the taste, health and lifestyle benefits of brands and commodity foods to consumers, retailers and healthcare professionals. For more information please visit http://www.lpollockpr.com/.


Today's Dietitian is the leading independent source for news, information, research, and industry trends among the nation's influential community of nutrition professionals. Each month, Today's Dietitian provides registered dietitians, certified diabetes care and education specialists, foodservice managers, and culinary professionals with well-written content on essential topics that affect their clients, their profession, and their career development. Today's Dietitian is also a leading producer of accredited continuing education opportunities for these practitioners.


Christina Deecken

Pollock Communications

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Phone: 212-941-1414


SOURCE Pollock Communications; Today's Dietitian