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 42
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

2
108 38
Fruit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

3
111 45
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

4
112 49
Lemon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

5
70 32
Pear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

6
68 32
"Sautéed" Anything is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
"Sautéed" Anything

7
77 40
Sea salt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

8
85 48
Baby Carrot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

9
97 58
Gluten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

10
93 56
Taco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

11
94 58
Soup is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

12
78 46
Tortilla chip is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

13
91 58
Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

14
91 58
Bagel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

15
62 35
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

16
68 41
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

17
94 64
Milk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

18
77 50
Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

19
45 23
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

20
77 53
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

21
57 35
Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

22
77 54
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

23
60 39
Cheerios is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

24
80 62
Quinoa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

25
80 63
Soybean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

26
54 38
Chewing gum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

27
42 27
Salsa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

28
64 50
Kettle corn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

29
76 62
Brazil nut is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

30
53 40
Crêpe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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63 50
Flax is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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45 33
Ravioli is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

33
63 52
White bread is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

34
60 49
Nutella is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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49 39
Caramel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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48 39
Soft boiled egg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

37
46 38
Ketchup is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

38
49 42
Red Wine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

39
42 35
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

40
39 32
Pizza dough is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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36 29
Powdered sugar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

42
47 41
Japanese Cuisine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

43
59 55
Blush Wine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Blush Wine

44
57 53
Jell-O is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

45
49 45
Açaí is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Açaí

46
37 32
Gummi worms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

47
37 32
Curly Fries is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Curly Fries

48
36 31
Artichoke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

49
31 26
Onion ring is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

50
33 29
Banana bread is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid