Vanishing Food Fads that Didn’t Withstand the Test of Time

The Atkins Diet Fad

It seemed like almost everyone was doing this. A whole bunch of new stores sprang up overnight devoted exclusively to low-carb goodies. I feel sorry for those store owners now, but did the world really need any more low-carb bread (and what was in that stuff anyway)?

The Cooking Everything From a Can Fad

Cooking everything from a can or a box or a frozen food tray was popular in the 1950’s. Women (and it was almost entirely women who did the day-to-day cooking in those days) were enchanted with the idea of being modern women, freed by modern technology from the drudgery of the past. Unfortunately, the canned, boxed, and frozen foods of the era tasted dreary. This led to a rebellion among these women’s daughters, who grew up to compulsively cook everything from scratch. Which brings us to our next category –

The Everything-From-Scratch Earthmother Fad

This was popular in the 1980s, among a certain set of food faddists, who cooked and baked absolutely everything from scratch. There are some people who still do that, but most eventually realized that it just took too much time to be kneading their own bread every single day, and they realized that that’s why God invented bakeries.

The My Food is More Exotic Than Your Food Fad

Also known as the tyranny of the yuppies fad, this involved eating as status seeking. Participants in this fad sought to eat only food that none of their friends had yet eaten, and that was preferably made in a corner of a previously unknown village on the other side of the world by mysterious people who used a secret technique passed down from their great-great-great-grandparents. Extra status was accorded if the food was insanely expensive, if it required extensive research to verify its authenticity, and if it was unavailable in local stores. This fad faded away as its adherents started dropping from exhaustion.