2000s 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid  

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List Rules Only trendy / hip food fads from the 21st Century. No other kinds of fads or centuries. Vote up the ones where you are just like: Wow, no thank you; I can't believe so many bloggers are trying to sell me this fad.

Are you hungry for some popular foods of the 21st Century? Here is a list of the trendiest superfoods of this particular 100-year stretch, ranked by both how "big" they are and how much you should avoid them. It seems like every time you open the Internet, bloggers and trained / respected journalists are touting a new type of food that everyone should put into his face. Today alone, you have probably seen posts about over a dozen "new" foods with allegations about how they will make you a better person (at least on the inside, wink). Chia seeds for longevity? Sure. Soft-boiled eggs for virility and eloquence of language? Alright, whatever. Wedding cake ganache for heightened senses of hearing and sight? Don't shoot the messenger! Each of the "superfoods" on this list is said to be loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, sodium, sugar, or a combination of several other ingredients. Most importantly, each one is also a flash in the pan, no matter what anyone else says. Who is even paying these people?

What makes a food a passing fad? Word of mouth, mostly. Also: that it is either not that healthy or doesn't even taste good. For example, everyone these days thinks nachos will be around forever because they are mostly vegetables, but the truth is that they have a short shelf-life, cosmically-speaking. Do you think your children will be eating flan in 100 years? Guess again. Some foods, like sandwiches, have already proven to be popular over several decades, but scientists predict that these popular snacks will go the way of the dinosaurs and be forgotten by the 22nd Century. Want to prove them wrong? Keep ordering them at your favorite health food stores and show science who knows what re: nutrition and crowd trends. 
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124 45
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

2
108 41
Fruit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

3
111 47
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

4
112 50
Lemon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

5
70 33
Pear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

6
78 40
Sea salt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

7
68 33
"Sautéed" Anything is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
"Sautéed" Anything

8
86 48
Baby Carrot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

9
98 58
Gluten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

10
94 56
Taco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

11
95 58
Soup is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

12
79 46
Tortilla chip is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

13
92 58
Bagel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

14
63 35
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

15
91 59
Rice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

16
69 41
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

17
95 64
Milk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

18
78 50
Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

19
46 23
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

20
61 39
Cheerios is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

21
77 54
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

22
57 36
Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

23
77 55
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

24
80 63
Quinoa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

25
80 64
Soybean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid