IFIC 2017 trends
 The International Food Information Council Foundation has compiled a list of hot topics for 2017.

WASHINGTON — A coffee craze, a pasta comeback and a continued infatuation with protein are on tap as top U.S. food and nutrition trends in 2017. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation compiled a list of hot topics for the year based on in-house survey research and health professional expertise, plus other data and observations.

Last year, the group predicted the rise of personalized nutrition, fermented foods and ugly produce.

Read on for the trends set to shape how Americans eat in 2017.

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Turmeric, jackfruit and kefir were among top Google searches in the past year, signaling increased interest in foods with health benefits beyond basic nutrition.

Nearly half of consumers surveyed by the IFIC Foundation indicated weight loss or weight management is a health benefit they would like to receive from the foods they eat, and a third listed increased energy, cardiovascular health, healthy aging or digestive health.