Top 10 Bad Food Trends of 2010
The past year has been a hard one to swallow. Everywhere we look, there is some new abomination disguised as an innovation in cooking or dining. Before we start buying Tums in bulk, we'd like to suggest a few food trends that shouldn't make an appearance in 2011.
Flickr user Sam Breach Keep bacon where it belongs
As far as fans of fat and salt are concerned, there's little that bacon won't improve, but you don't have to be a pork purist to get grossed out by bacon ice cream and other pairings that are good only in theory.
2. Magic Sizing
Instead of raising prices, sneaky manufacturers have punched big dents in jar bottoms, narrowed boxes and bags, and otherwise played Houdini by making contents disappear from food packages. Now we're buying 12-ounce "pounds" of coffee and cans of tomatoes that have shed an ounce.
3. Mangled Menus
Waiters have to recite not just the daily specials, but also translate the cryptic descriptions of everything else on the menu. When we see "soy" on the menu, we have to guess if it means beans, sauce or milk.
4. Cupcake Mania
We've been saying this for, what, three years? We're all for portion control when it comes to frosting-laden desserts, but it's time we idolized some other form of pastry.
5. Sick Food
Try to think of any fresh grocery product that hasn't been subject to a recall and you come up with....what? Nothing. No wonder we eat so much processed food; it's been cooked, powdered and fried so much, pathogens don't stand a chance.