The 10 Best & Worst Food Trends in America

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Yesterday was “Food Day” – a day created by Center for Science in the Public Interest to help move America toward eating real food (as opposed to mass-produced and packaged foods created in a lab).  Here are the 6 Food Day goals:

food day

There are many ways you can participate in Food Day, everyday!  (This is kind of like Earth Day, where year-round activities help further the mission).  Here are some ideas.

As part of Food Day, CSPI put together a list of Ten of the Best and Worst Aspects of America’s Food Scene.  Below are both the “Terrible 10” and “Terrific 10.”  (Here are brief explanations of why each of the items made the lists, if you want more info).

Terrible Ten

  1. Coca-Cola
  2. McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese
  3. Salt
  4. Feedlot beef
  5. Froot Loops
  6. Jack DeCoster’s egg farms
  7. Lobbyist groups
  8. Subsidies
  9. White Flour
  10. Junk Food Vending Machines

Luckily, there are lots of good things going on related to food, as well…

Terrific Ten

  1. Water
  2. Traditional Mediterranean and Asian diets
  3. New York City’s health department
  4. Sustainably and organically grown foods
  5. First Lady Michelle Obama
  6. Farmer’s Markets
  7. Breastfeeding
  8. Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  9. Federal food programs
  10. Dietary Guidelines for Americans

What are some of your own favorite (or most hated) food trends?

Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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  • christa
    October 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

    some of my favorite food trends:
    – adding fruits and nuts to salads to liven the meal
    – wacky flavors of ice cream from local shops using local ingredients
    – quinoa

    sadly, i do still enjoy my diet coke and love salt!

  • Amelia
    October 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Oooh, the ice cream trend is one of my favorites too! Rhubarb ice cream bar coated in chocolate, anyone?

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