The American diet, often criticized for its unhealthiness, has changed significantly over the course of the nation’s existence due to technological breakthroughs, scientific research, and lifestyle developments. The Onion takes a look at how the American diet has changed over time.


1783:

First recorded instance of American mother judging another mother over what she feeding her children.

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1809:

33-year-old America notices its metabolism slowing down and that it’s putting on weight much easier than it used to.

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1887:

Stew again.


1906:

Upton Sinclair’s meat-packing industry exposé The Jungle stirs thousands of Americans into intense sausage craving.

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1968:

Flintstone vitamins completely replace children’s need for vegetables.


1976:

Burger scientists smash through the three-patty glass ceiling.


1995:

Farmers markets bring overpriced salsa to the American middle class.


2004:

Mom begins ordering dressing on the side.


2012:

Cousin brings back a lollipop with a wasp inside of it from vacation in Arizona.


2019:

Plastic particles finally eclipse grain products as most-consumed item in U.S.

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