Food Trends We Wish People Would Get Over

It’s about time people stopped obsessing over kale

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Kale chips are an annoying food trend that we wish would disappear.

Food is kind of like fashion. One year something is trendy and everyone wants it, and the next it’s not. But sometimes there are the trends that endure and live on for years and years. When that happens, it’s easy to get sick of them. They pop up on the news, they are featured in every restaurant, and suddenly websites are filled with recipes centering around them. You can’t escape them even if you try.

Here are some food trends that we wish people would just get over already:

Kale

Sure, kale is healthy for you, and you can put it into a variety of things, but it isn’t the only leafy green out there. There are so many greens that you can cook with, like collards and turnip greens. Do they deserve this type of neglect? We don’t think so. We’re not saying cut out kale. Just please stop making kale pizza and kale salad and eggs over kale every week.

Gluten-Free

This one has a caveat. If you have a health issue, like celiac disease, or if your doctor told you that you shouldn’t eat gluten, then it makes sense to cut it out of your diet. But for everyone else, why do you care if your food has gluten? Most people don’t even know what gluten is. Eating less-processed, more whole foods is great, but there’s no need to obsess over buying every gluten-free product in the store. In fact, a lot of those products can be worse for you than ones with gluten. They are often higher in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, and going completely gluten-free could cause you to gain weight. Also, by going gluten free, you could be cutting out some important, nutrient-dense foods that have gluten like whole grains. Don’t fall into the anti-gluten trap.

Fancy Comfort Foods

The whole point of comfort foods is that they are comforting. Last time we checked, it is not comforting to pay 25 dollars for mac and cheese. In fact, it’s more panic-inducing when we look at our bank accounts and realize we spent that much money on something we could’ve made for ten bucks. Keep your fancy baked chicken and sweet-potato waffles. We’ll stick with the original. 

The Cronut

Croissants are delicious. And donuts are delicious. Together, they were also pretty delicious, but when every bakery started making its own knockoff cronut, things got out of control. It was fun while it lasted, but we think it’s time to let it go. After all, if you really love something, you have to set it free.

Bacon Everything

Bacon chocolate, bacon donuts, bacon everything: it needs to stop. Everyone loves bacon. It’s amazing, we won’t deny that, but just sticking bacon on things because we can is just silly, and lazy. It’s time to think up some other universally loved food to put in our desserts.

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