Food Trends From 2019 No One Will Remember In 2020


Food fads come and go, and not all of the
trends that were huge in 2019 are going to make it into 2020. Will your favorites survive the new year? Here are our predictions of what trends will
fall to the wayside as 2020 rolls in. While a cup of coffee is the standard morning
beverage for most folks, in 2019, it was all the rage to reach for much different concoction:
a glass of celery juice. And there were a lot of famous folks who chugged
the stuff. “Can I have a celery juice, please?” “I’m not the bartender.” Celery juice was all over Instagram in 2019,
being promoted as a miraculous cure-all, and becoming a staple of the year’s “morning selfie”
game. And it came from a weird place. Vanity Fair says it first started thanks to
Anthony William, the so-called “Medical Medium.” He claims to get medical advice not from science,
but from spirits who are more medically advanced than we are. Once he gets his mystic message, he goes and
spreads the word — in this case, through Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. The green stuff has been said to help everything
from psoriasis and acne to chronic fatigue syndrome, acid reflux, strep, and shingles
— but does it really? UC Davis research scientist Rachel Scherr
told the New York Times, “There’s no scientific evidence to support
any of the claims being made.” Celery juice, while quite hydrating and perfectly
benign, isn’t nearly as medicinal as advertised by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, or a supposedly
psychic doctor. “I’m just gonna take a look here, I’m talking
to spirits, so …” It’s not exactly snake oil, but we don’t expect
celery juice to transcend its trendy status any time soon. Freakshakes look pretty cool — and hey,
no one expects them to be healthy, right? These insane, over-the-top milkshakes have
been all over Instagram for a while, but the reign of the freakshake may be coming to an
end in 2020 as more people realize just how bad they really are. Let’s start out by saying that the American
Heart Association recommends men limit their daily sugar intake to 36 grams, and women
limit theirs to 25 grams. In a 2019 episode of Tricks of the Restaurant
Trade, it was revealed that a freakshake — on average — comes with a shocking 95 grams
of sugar. That’s just an average, and some were found
to contain up to 156 grams of sugar, depending on how many donuts or candy bars you stack
on top. It appears restaurants are beginning to respond
to those health concerns. Toby Carvery and Frankie and Benny’s, for
example, were just two chains that announced they were going to be taking freakshakes off
the menu in 2019. Whether it’s for nutrition’s sake or not,
we’re betting that the freakshake fad has finally run its course. The versatile and delicious avocado is always
going to be pretty popular, but the Wall Street Journal suggests its popularity has been fading. In 2019, Australian agriculture group Costa
faced some dire news: demand for avocados was dropping. And the swing was sudden, with the fruit going
from the group’s fastest-growing sector into a drop that resulted in plunging profits and
stock prices. But that’s not the only thing that’s going
on with this Instagram darling. According to the Independent, crops like avocado
are bad news for the planet. It’s a complicated problem, but here are the
basics: avocado flowers are only open for a very short time, and that means they’re
a terrible food source for pollinators. Bee Aware says that only pollinators who forage
for nectar will interact with an avocado, and when you take huge patches of agricultural
land and turn them into avocado farms, you’re hurting the pollinators we depend on. The Loop says more and more forests are being
cut down and replaced by avocados, and the irony here is that the same demographic that
loves their avocado toast also loves the planet — so this one’s going to be fading sooner
rather than later. From smoothies to salads, Instagram loves
kale. Just #kale alone has almost 3.8 million hits,
but according to The Atlantic, the world’s love affair with this one-time salad bar garnish
that looks better than it tastes might finally be over. Kale has been popular for a long, long time,
and we can at least partially thank Gwyneth Paltrow and her kale chips for this one, too. But if you look to Google instead of Instagram,
you’ll find that searches for kale dropped drastically at the end of 2019. Plus, kale is trending downward for customers
of fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen, according to an August 2019 report from Grub Street. So, kale haters, rejoice! Expect a lot less resistance in 2020, when
we predict that the fad will finally fade. Meal kits seemed like the perfect fix for
millennials who worked long hours but still wanted something different and healthy when
they got home. And for a while, it was insanely successful:
Blue Apron was worth an estimated $2 billion just three years after they opened their doors
and started mailing. But things may change in 2020. In 2019, Eater reported that there had been
a shift in attitudes surrounding mail-order meal kits. Demand for the services has started to slip,
in large part due to the cost and the sheer amount of packaging and waste they generate. But there’s something else at work here, too:
many people who relied on them started to enjoy cooking and meal planning, and thus
no longer needed their meal kit training wheels. Blue Apron alone has seen their stock plummet
and a huge percentage of their customer base disappear; according to industry trend site
PYMNTS, the company saw a 33 percent decline in revenue in 2019. And PYMNTS says it’s a trend they’re seeing
across the meal kit market: people love them, but only about 38 percent of people who try
them will stick with them… and that’s the opposite of trendy. There are more than enough perfectly-made
acai bowls on Instagram to give anyone some serious breakfast envy, but here’s the thing
— it’s starting to come out that they’re not nearly as good for you as most people
think they are, and that news will likely spread more in 2020. And that’s why they’re trendy, right? They’re customizable, very pretty, and healthy. In all fairness, they can be healthy if you
make them at home, but if you go out and order one from your favorite breakfast stop, you
might be surprised at what you’re really getting. Just take it from Ilana Muhlstein, the head
of UCLA’s Bruin Health Improvement Program: “You should really look at acai bowls as more
of an occasional treat, not something you’d have as a meal. Think of them as a replacement for ice cream.” It’s true: While acai is, indeed, good for
you, most of the bowls you can buy contain upwards of 50 grams of sugar — twice what
the American Heart Association says you should have in a day. In order to make them healthy, you’d have
to use water instead of juice, savory veggies instead of sugar-filled fruits, and limit
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15 thoughts on “Food Trends From 2019 No One Will Remember In 2020

  1. Glad to hear that those godawful Freakshakes are most likely going away. They looked like a massive pain to eat and would most likely just cause a major mess.

    The absolutely ridiculous stuff that social media makes extremely popular because it looks good with selfies or on your profile timeline.

  2. Mark my words…all these fake meat plant based bullsh*t burgers will fade fast..I give it a year more, maybe. How do you think they taste the way they do? Got to be artificial everything in them. Can't possibly actually taste like real f*cking meat without tons of fake flavoring from a lab in New Jersey…eat the REAL THING people. O.K.,I'm done ranting…carry on…

  3. I don't know why your videos are not getting to my Subscriptions Feed or why I'm NOT being notified of your videos! I'm subscribed and have the Bell icon clicked! YouTube is BROKEN!

    Anyway, I love the video and the Meal Kits point you made actually makes sense! I never used Blue Apron but used it's competitors like Green Chef, Home Chef, Plated, and Hello Fresh. Once I felt comfortable with cooking, I didn't need the boxes anymore and cancelled the subscription and just went to the store.

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