January is here and a lot of people are planning new diets to purge the body of all those toxins after Christmas.
Armed with a shopping list, searching the health food shops and supermarket aisles for the old staple superfood ingredients of kale, quinoa and cranberries you may not be expecting to find this on your list… Black pudding!
One thing you wouldn’t expect when compiling your superfood diet would be something you’d find on a fried breakfast.
However, this year you can include black pudding to your new year shopping list as experts reckon it is about to be extremely popular in 2016.
The divisive breakfast staple – traditionally made using pig blood and oatmeal – is actually full of protein, calcium and potassium.
It also enjoys the benefit of being nearly carb free and with little or no sugar. It is also rich in iron and zinc – two minerals frequently missing from modern diets. Iron is needed to make healthy blood cells and prevent anaemia.
The addition of black pudding to the superfood list will be something of a shock to most, and Darren Beale from MuscleFood.com is just as surprised.
He said: “Some of the foods have been on the up for a while like avocado oil and maca root, but others like mushrooms and black pudding have been a total surprise to us.
“It’s great to have this new research available to find out the hidden qualities in food and we can’t wait to see how these new trends take off.”
The black pudding surge has already begun in earnest, with one Scottish butchers, famed for their blood sausages, already seeing sales soar.
Shona Macleod, managing director of Charles Macleod Butchers in Stornoway, told MailOnline: “The shop has just opened again.
“I opened the mail orders and we had about 40 black pudding mail orders to go out today.
“That’s is a lot for the first day open in January.”
Other superfoods set to be huge this year include seaweed, black beans and birch water.
Other superfoods for 2016
- Black beans
- Avocado oil
- Natural sweeteners
- Plant-based proteins
- Black pudding
- Sprouted grains (unlike whole grains, they have begun germination so are easier to digest)
- Maca root (Peruvian ginseng)
- Kohlrabi (‘turnip cabbage, aka, the new kale)
- Teff (the new ‘IT’ grain)
- Black rice
- Tree water
- Sweet potato flour
- Teres Major (a super-lean cut of meat)