“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.” -Heraclitus
Trends In the Restaurant Industry
If you spend a lot of time dining out or if you’ve worked in the restaurant industry, you realize there are trends in food consumption. These trends are usually spearheaded by the latest research in health. For example, ten years ago nobody knew what gluten was except for those who suffered from celiac disease. Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant which doesn’t offer gluten-free options. Similarly, when it was determined spinach was a “superfood,” many restaurants jumped on the spinach-is-the-holy-grail bandwagon until kale took its place, and suddenly spinach salads were replaced with a vegetable so awful, it has to be disguised with a bunch of unhealthy toppings to be edible.
The continual shift in food trends determines the demand for products, thus causing restaurants to regularly change their menus to meet the requirements of their patrons. Currently, our society is enthralled in organic, non-processed, healthy foods and the industry is following suit. Steak, bread, and pasta have been replaced with vegetarian burgers, gluten-free products, and lettuce wraps.
However the popularity of certain, “superfoods” doesn’t just change the abundance of these products in grocery stores and dining facilities. It also determines the pricing of said foods. Whereas once certain cuts of meat or vegetables were incredibly cheap to buy, the change in demand directly influences the price to not only buy these foods but sale them. In any case, it seems that our society has become increasingly aware of what we are putting in our bodies and that’s always a good thing.
Here are the top ten food trends of this year
Us humans like our alcohol. So much so that we will steal other countrys’ holidays just so we have an excuse to drink (think Cinco De Mayo and Saint Patrick’s Day.) We are so determined to find reasons to drink, scientists and medical experts have been steadily cranking out study after study showing the health benefits of drinking alcohol. One study went so far as to suggest drinking wine is better for you than going to the gym. You don’t have to be in the health field to know there is no way this is true. Yet, you probably saw that headline on your Facebook news feed. Suddenly, everyone felt like drinking was contributing to their health.
The truth is, alcohol is alcohol. It really doesn’t matter if you’re drinking a $100 bottle of red wine or shots of Jagermeister: your liver uses the same enzymatic process to breakdown alcohol. The body doesn’t make a distinction as to the source of the alcohol and there’s really no upside of drinking (at least not for your body).
Nonetheless, I don’t want to be a Debbie downer, especially because I enjoy a nice bottle -I mean glass–of vino myself. The good news is that there are healthy properties in different types of drinks -it’s just not the actual alcohol part. So, sit back with whatever alcoholic beverage you have in your hand (you do have one, Right?) and as you read the health claims of each alcoholic beverage, pat yourself on the back knowing there may be an upside to whatever is in that cup of yours.
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