Over the past 50 years, American diets have changed from leisurely family meals that were usually prepared at home using natural ingredients to today’s prepackaged, processed and convenience foods that are often eaten on the run with little thought towards nutrition or content. As health risks have began emerging from current diets and the public is being educated as to the importance of eating healthy, the trend toward future American diets is to improve peoples choices to make convenient foods low fat, incorporate more natural ingredients and keep a watchful eye on caloric intake.
Although the fast paced American lifestyle does not include leisurely meals, American diets have become one of the trendiest obsessions. The future diet will learn from today’s mistakes but will still be including processed foods. American diets have evolved in the last 50 years from natural ingredients to processed, high fat ingredients and will continue in the future to include convenience foods but with a greater emphasis on healthier choices.
Over the past century, three important trends have come together; the growth of nutrition as a science, an increased public demand for convenience, and a nationwide focus on fitness and health. This wasn’t always the case. “Fifty years ago, people sitting down to a meal were simply looking for something hot, filling and, in most cases, inexpensive” (Heymsfield 142). Throughout the century, Americans experimented with various diets. In the 1950s, Adele Davis published a cookbook exploring a healthy approach to food.In the 1960s, there was a movement to use unprocessed food, natural ingredients and macrobiotic cooking (Klem 439).
Evolution of Diets