Going against the grain

Between quinoa and kale, gluten-free bread and expensive ‘health foods,’ 2014 had a plethora of perplexing food trends.

Let’s begin with kale. Deemed a superfood by magazines, such as Men’s Fitness, and television channels across the U.S., this dark green vegetable packs three grams of protein, over two grams of fiber and vast amounts of vitamins A, C and K in just one cup.

Although most of us should be putting more kale in our diets for health benefits, it seems as though America has gone a bit overboard. Kale lollipops? Kale smoothies? I get the fact that kale is good for you, but I don’t understand the utter obsession  people of all ages have with this ruffage. It’s basically just another vegetable, like broccoli or spinach, and I’m sure its time in the spotlight will pass.

Next up is the sudden gluten-free movement.

Although Celiac Disease affects three to four million people in North America, it does not explain the fact that the production of gluten-free products has grown 68 percent in the last two years, according to LA Weekly. This fad is more about people copying celebrities than anything else.

More and more, people are saying they are going gluten-free to lose weight. This is simply illogical, as often gluten-free bread contains more calories than regular white bread. For example, two slices of Wonder white bread contains 120 calories, while two slices of Udi’s gluten-free bread contains 140 calories.

If you are trying to make a healthy switch, don’t just look to the Hollywood actors and actresses.

Finally, my favorite and most questionable fad out there: quinoa.

As a rule of thumb, people should not eat foods for which there are more than, say, three ways of pronouncing. Every time I walk into a health foods store, which is not very often, I hear some teenage girl asking for quinoa with a brand new pronounciation  (Seriously, though, is it “keen-wah” or “kee-noh-uh?”).

Furthermore, quinoa isn’t that much better for you than other grains. For example, in 100 grams, quinoa has over three times the number of calories as rice does.

The fact that someone would choose quinoa with his or her meal as a way of losing weight is simply absurd.

I’m not saying we all need to shovel in Pop-Tarts for breakfast, lunch and dinner (although Kellogg’s makes a mean s’more), but I am suggesting that we actually think about what we eat, regardless of what ‘everyone else’ is doing.

Come on. None of this stuff tastes that good anyways.