In many ways, today's consumers are more savvy than previous generations when it comes to dietary concerns. There is a trend toward eating more whole foods in general, as well as plenty of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. But this is in stark contrast to the dietary trends that our foremothers followed. In fact, plenty of dieting advice from the '90s will make you want a burger right now. Or at least a veggie burger.
Basically, starvation — or at least extreme dietary restrictions — were heavily encouraged. And, counterintuitively, so was the consumption of highly processed foods. It was a lose-lose situation for most any one who wanted to gain control of their dietary habits.
This was a time when advertisers would have you believe the solutions to all of your dietary concerns lay at the bottom of a bag of Snackwell's Devil Food Cookies. Because if there was one true health food in the world, it was a "fat-free" cookie or other packaged snack food. It's no surprise that food culture has taken such a turn away from these ideas in recent years. That said, it's fun to take a look back and marvel at how some of these trends seemed like such a good idea at the time. Sometimes it's a better idea to ignore the fads and trust your gut.