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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Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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104 36
Fruit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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108 40
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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110 45
Lemon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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64 28
"Sautéed" Anything is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
"Sautéed" Anything

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66 30
Pear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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73 36
Sea salt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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82 45
Baby Carrot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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92 56
Gluten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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89 54
Soup is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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88 54
Taco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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87 54
Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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74 44
Tortilla chip is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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87 56
Bagel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

The Best Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

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75 46
Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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65 38
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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90 61
Milk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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58 33
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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75 49
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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79 58
Quinoa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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79 58
Soybean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

The Best Steakhouses in Los Angeles

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52 33
Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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56 37
Cheerios is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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53 35
Chewing gum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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71 53
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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38 23
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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40 25
Salsa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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75 59
Brazil nut is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

The Feels You Only Feel After Your 21st Birthday

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Flax is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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61 49
Kettle corn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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42 31
Ravioli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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36 25
Powdered sugar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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60 50
White bread is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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49 39
Crêpe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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48 38
Red Wine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

The Most Elaborate Final Meals In Death Row History

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

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46 36
Soft boiled egg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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41 32
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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56 48
Nutella is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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44 36
Ketchup is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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58 52
Blush Wine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Blush Wine

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35 28
Artichoke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

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45 39
Japanese Cuisine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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56 51
Jell-O is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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36 30
Pizza dough is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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35 30
Gummi worms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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50 48
Cod is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Cod

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31 27
Banana bread is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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46 44
Açaí is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Açaí

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34 32
Curly Fries is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Curly Fries