Foods You Now Eat That You Never Heard of 20 Years Ago!

You want to eat healthy and local. There are some things you eat now that were unknown 20 years ago! They include:

Tofu: The first American to write about tofu might have beenBenjamin Franklin in 1770, but it took much longer for the soybean-based curd to gain popularity in the U.S. It’s become more mainstream with the rise of vegetarian and veganism, and the market for meat substitutes including tofu is expected toreach $24 billionnet worth by 2022. 

Kale: Before kale became a staple in Caesar salads and juice bowls in the early 2010s, the largest consumer of the hearty greenwas Pizza Hut, which was using it as a garnish in their salad bars. From 2007 to 2012, U.S. kale production increased nearly 60%. That leap in kale’s popularity has a lot to do with itssuperfood-worthynutritional profile, which is rich in iron, calcium, and vitamins A, K, and C, as well as the fact that it can be dried into chips for shelf-stable snacking.

Kombucha: It is a fermented tea drink whose Chinese origins date back to around 220 B.C., but it only entered American domestic markets in the mid-90s, when leading brand GT's Kombucha was founded. Thanks to aWhole Foods recallconcerning some brands’ alcohol content in 2010, increased consumer awareness led to a 28% sales increase by June 2011. Despite some overblown claims about its health benefits, the tangy beverage has continued growing in popularity, with 51% of older millennials now drinking it, driving $534 million in sales in 2016.

Nutella: Founded in Italy in 1964, Nutella became a heavily-memed foodie phenomenon in the U.S. around 2009,with sales triplingin the following five years. The chocolate-hazelnut spread had been a staple in Europe for decades and first made it to American markets in 1983, but only began making a mainstream impact thanks to an advertising push by the brand in recent years, manifesting in Nutella-oriented merchandise, social media accounts, and even an unofficial holiday.

Quinoa:A spike in demand for the nutrient-packed grain, grown almost exclusively in South America, was driven by more than a decade ofU.N.-financed developmentof new processing plants raising the grain’s profitability. In 2018, the U.S. alone imported 74.3 million pounds of quinoa.




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