October 23, 2015
On the 21st of October 2015, Marty McFly arrived in “the future” during Back to the Future Part 2. Sadly we don’t have self-tying shoes, flying cars, or instant giant pizzas. But we do have video phones and hoverboards – kind of (thanks, Lexus!).
And while we aren’t as far into the future as we may have hoped, much has changed in the world of food (and drink) since 1985.
Here are six food trends sure to have Marty yelling for Doc Brown.
1. Bacon On (Or In) Everything
When Marty left 1985, bacon was just a sizzling side dish one had with breakfast. Now bacon is on everything from burgers to donuts. We even drink bacon-flavored beers and sodas, not to mention the existence of bacon bed sheets, phone cases, and other accessories. We’re obsessed.
2. When Did Everyone Become So Thirsty?
In 1996, Comedian George Carlin made the astute observation, “Everyone is walking around with their own personal bottle of water. When did we get so thirsty America?” And it’s true. Sales of bottled water are up nearly ten-fold since 1985, and they’re all chock full of unique characteristics like extra electrolytes and vitamins.
3. How Did “Juice” Become A Verb?
Back in the day, juice was something that you drank with breakfast or kids brought to school. Now it’s a lifestyle choice. You don’t drink juice, you just juice. And it’s no longer just your standard orange, apple or grapefruit. Leafy greens, roots, and other exotic plant-based fauna are all part of our regular diets.
4. Why Is Everyone So Damn Tired?
In 1984, Starbucks had six stores. By the end of 1987, it had grown to 17. Today, Starbuck’s operates more than twelve thousand stores in the U.S. alone. Between the monster Seattle chain and its competitors, a grande soy, no foam latte is available on nearly every block of every major city. When did we suddenly need that much caffeine?
5. What Is Gluten?
Back in the '80s, egg, meat and fat were bad, and bread was fine. Today gluten is food enemy numero uno. What used to be a niche market for people with celiacs disease (approximately 1% of the population) has grown into a full-on lifestyle choice that rakes in billions of dollars a year. While people claim it helps them lose weight, waistbands continue to expand. What gives?