Black pudding is 2016's most unlikely new superfood
Black pudding, a breakfast staple on the island of Ireland, is now listed as a superfood thanks to its high nutritional content.
The breakfast staple joined seaweed, black beans, avocado oil, teff grains and birch water as key superfoods for 2016.
Loaded with protein, potassium, calcium and magnesium, as well as being practically carb free, black pudding is expected to soar in popularity this year.
It's also rich in iron and zinc - two minerals frequently missing from modern diets.
Sean Kelly of Kelly's Butcher's in Newport Co Mayo told the Anton Show on TodayFM today that black pudding has become "very fashionable in the past two years".
"All the ingredients [in black pudding] are winners, they're all healthy," he said and added that a lot of other healthy ingredients can be added to the breakfast staple to boost its health benefits.
In the last two or three years we sell something call the 'greenway pudding' which includes five or six types organically certified seaweed."
Mr Kelly said there are plenty of ways to enjoy black pudding, apart from just adding it to a fry.
He claimed his favourite way to eat pudding is to pop it into the microwave for two minutes and spread it like pate on toast with a little bit of marmalade on top.
Darren Beale from MuscleFood.com told the Daily Mail: "2015 saw healthy eating reach a new level and this year we predict this trend is only going to get bigger.
"It's been interesting to note how people are changing their habits depending on the new buzz words in clean eating.
"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."