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Popular Foods No One Is Eating Anymore

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Published on Mar 8, 2019

Think about it. How much of the food you remember from your childhood are you still eating? All the things your parents ate--when the last time you saw that stuff? Let’s take a look at all the foods people once consumed like crazy but are now on the verge of extinction from our restaurants and kitchens.

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8. Stewed Prunes
When you think of prunes, your mind automatically goes to prune juice, which then makes you remember the time you were constipated and your mom shoved that brown liquid down your throat. Not pleasant memories. The thought of eating stewed prunes sounds awful, but if you travel to Scandinavia, these wrinkly plums are a favorite dessert, simmered in cream or water. In other places, it’s probably only found in the fridge of a senior citizen.

7. Ice Cream
Those who choose to give up dairy or have to give it up for health reasons usually miss ice cream the most. While it’s true that companies now manufacture soy, almond, and coconut milk ice cream, the majority of ice creamery chains still use cow’s milk. Between 2005 to 2014, ice cream consumption declined by 10%. In correlation, ice cream companies produced nearly 90 million fewer gallons. On the rise? Frozen yogurt. Compared to ice cream, Fro-yo has fewer calories and less saturated fat.

6. Oysters Rockefeller
This seafood can be served as both an entree and hors d’oeuvre. It consists of an oyster in a half shell, topped with green herbs like parsley, some butter, and bread crumbs. It is then either broiled or baked. The greenish, yellow tinted color combination resembled the color of American money and was a favorite among the wealthy, such as John D. Rockefeller himself. If you eat at higher-end restaurants, you might still spot Oysters Rockefeller on the menu, but chances are no one else is ordering it.

5. Mozzarella Cheese
Don’t fret! People don’t hate mozzarella that much yet. Its minimal decline in the food market has more to do with the fact more people are consuming fewer dairy products and fewer animal by-products altogether. Vegan cheese used to be so far from real cheese that hardly anyone could stand it. Now, vegan food companies have improved their recipe so that people can start eating vegan sandwiches and vegan pizzas. Thankfully, mozzarella’s low moisture makes it perfect for something like pizza which is still beloved around the world. Maybe that will be enough for this stringy cheese to stay.

4. Soda
According to a study from 2014, 50% of adults and 60.7% of children drank a sugary drink any given day. That seems like a lot but compare that to 79.9% of children and 61.5% of adults in 2003. In general, it appears that sugary drinks have declined in the past 20 years. A survey from 2017 showed that Pepsi and Coke brands were on a decline, while water products saw an increase in volume.

3. Sardines
Some people love sardines--albeit a small percentage in this day and age. People tend to choose fish like salmon and tuna over these little guys. Is it the fact that they usually come in a can? If anything, humans need to consume more fish like sardines, which many food snobs dub as “trash fish.” Sardines, anchovies, and mackerel are oily and unpopular, but they’re rich with omega-3s. This type of fatty acid lowers blood pressure, slows the development of plaque in your arteries, reducing the chance of abnormal heart rhythm and does much more!

2. Congealed Salad
The term “congealed salad” is one of the most unappetizing phrases ever, yet it was a classic American dish for a time. What constitutes as a congealed salad? Think of a loaf-sized hunk of jello with different things inside of it. Sometimes those things were fruits like oranges or cranberries. Sometimes it was food like chicken, veggies, or even tuna. During WWII, congealed salads were easy and cheap to make. You didn’t need a lot of sugar, and that was good because sugar was rationed back then. It also served as an effective way to deal with leftovers to ensure your household didn’t waste any food. Jello dishes stayed popular until the 1970s.


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