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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123 40
Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

2
106 37
Fruit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

3
110 43
Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

4
111 47
Lemon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

5
68 31
Pear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

6
75 38
Sea salt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

7
84 46
Baby Carrot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

8
65 31
"Sautéed" Anything is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
"Sautéed" Anything

9
92 55
Soup is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

10
90 54
Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

11
90 55
Taco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

12
93 58
Gluten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

13
76 45
Tortilla chip is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

14
61 33
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

15
89 57
Bagel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

16
76 48
Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

17
92 62
Milk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

18
66 40
Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

19
76 51
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

20
54 34
Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

21
58 38
Cheerios is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

22
41 23
Nachos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

23
80 60
Soybean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

24
73 54
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

25
54 37
Chewing gum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

26
79 61
Quinoa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

27
64 49
Kettle corn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

28
76 61
Brazil nut is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

29
41 27
Salsa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

30
63 49
Flax is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

31
52 39
Crêpe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

32
44 32
Ravioli is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

33
62 51
White bread is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

34
59 48
Nutella is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

35
49 38
Caramel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

36
48 37
Soft boiled egg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

37
49 40
Red Wine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

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

39
42 34
Cupcake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

40
36 28
Powdered sugar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

41
46 40
Japanese Cuisine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

42
59 54
Blush Wine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Blush Wine

43
57 52
Jell-O is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

44
36 30
Artichoke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

45
37 32
Pizza dough is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

46
36 31
Gummi worms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

47
36 32
Curly Fries is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Curly Fries

48
32 28
Banana bread is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid

49
47 45
Açaí is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid
Açaí

50
38 35
Red velvet cake is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 21st Century Food Fads to Avoid