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The Impossible Whopper is currently available at more than 7,000 Burger King locations. Photo Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • As the year comes to a close, Uber Eats released a list of 2019’s most popular foods and its predictions for food trends in 2020.
  • Food delivery users are increasingly ordering plant-based food alternatives, vegetables, and trendy wellness food products like collagen and bone broth going into 2020.
  • Foods accelerating in popularity include Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, and oat milk.
  • According to Jeanette Mellinger, head of Uber Eats user research, the service is seeing a “greater increase in socially conscious and health-conscious dining.”

When it comes to late-night eats and food deliveries, a new report reveals that people are increasingly turning towards healthier or plant-based food options.

Uber Eats, one of the leading food delivery services in the world, just released its review of the most popular food and travel trends of 2019, as well as its predictions for what people will be ordering more of in 2020.

Food searches currently accelerating in popularity on Uber Eats include common vegetables like brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage, but also more “Instagrammable” foods like star fruit and squid ink-infused foods. Plant-based alternatives like the Impossible Burger and oat milk are also seeing a surge in popularity.

“Over the last year, we’ve seen how important it is for people to feel good about what they eat and order, driving an even greater increase in socially conscious and health-conscious dining,” said Jeanette Mellinger, head of Uber Eats user research. “What started as a trend last year has become even more mainstream, with milk and meat substitutes gaining in popularity, and eaters looking to enjoy foods that contain added health benefits — like collagen.

“And while it’s always fun to see those eye-pleasing items — like starfruit and squid ink — take center stage, we’ve noticed a few veggie favorites are here to stay. Our customers continue to enjoy cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts, and given this healthful eating trend globally, we don’t expect those to go anywhere anytime soon.”

Star fruit, or carambola, is gaining popularity as we head in to 2020.

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In a food culture fueled by Instagram, aesthetically pleasing foods can quickly rise in popularity. Not only does star fruit make for a great social media picture, but the tart fruit also has a number of benefits. Healthline reports that star fruit is low in calories, an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C, and has been shown to reduce fatty liver risk and cholesterol in mice.

Dishes containing squid ink are tempting foodies worldwide.

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Squid-ink pasta. Photo Credit: Ivan/Getty Images

A number of different food items involving squid ink have recently hit the market, including squid-ink burger buns and pasta. The ink is said to add a slightly salty, briny taste to dishes, and may reduce blood pressure or have other positive benefits. Research, however, is mixed and not substantial enough to prove any real health benefits.

Adding collagen powders to smoothies, coffee, and tea is touted as the newest wellness trend to promote healthy, glowing skin.

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Collagen powder. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

This year, Google searches for collagen reached an all-time high, with the market for beauty supplements growing exponentially in the US. This year, the US saw a 61% increase in beauty supplement sales, under which collagen would be classified.

Reishi mushrooms, which can be eaten whole or made into tea, are attracting consumers with their potential immune system benefits.

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Reishi mushrooms and reishi mushroom tea. Photo Credit: krungchingpixs/Getty Images

Reishi mushrooms have long been a staple in Eastern medicine, but people have increasingly been ordering items with the ingredient on Uber Eats.

Keto food options are also experiencing a surge in popularity as people embrace a low-carb lifestyle.

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Keto Shake Shack burger. Photo Credit: Erin McDowell/Business Insider

The ketogenic, or “keto,” diet has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years. As more people turn towards the low-carb way of eating, keto diet foods are increasing in popularity as well. According to Mordor Intelligence, the global ketogenic diet food market is projected to grow by 5.3% between the years 2019 and 2024.

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