I’m not sure what differentiates a fancy food from a regular food, but if I had been in San Francisco over the past few days, maybe I’d know. The 2010 Winter Fancy Food show just wrapped up, and a panel of food experts surveyed the more than 80,000 products being displayed and noticed a few trends.

Top on the list of trends? Good-for-you-foods. Imagine that. Foods that are good for you are trendy. I’d like to know exactly which showcased foods were considered good for you. Were they pre-packaged processed foods that made healthy claims on the packages or were they honest-to-goodness whole foods?

I searched around for a list of last year’s top five food trends at the show, but I wasn’t able to find one. I’d like to think that good-for-you-foods trend every year.

Rounding out the top five food trends spotted at the Winter Fancy Food Show are coconut, gluten-free, exotic citrus and nostalgic foods.

There will be a Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City on June 27-29. Maybe I’ll have to hop on the train and check out what is considered fancy food and good-for-you-food at our country’s largest specialty food and beverage event.

Has anyone ever been to one of these fancy food shows? I’d love to hear what you think of them. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Are good-for-you-foods a trend?
Good-for-you-foods are declared a trend after turning up at the Winter Fancy Food Show.