13 popular foods people hated eating 100 years ago
Culinary trends are just as fickle as fashion. Find out which of the gourmet foods you love used to be fed only to animals or prisoners.
Tomatoes were once so feared that they were called “poison apples”.
Their bad reputation was all a tragic mistake, however: Wealthy diners ate the fruit on pewter (made with lead) plates; the acid from the tomatoes leeched lead from the plates, sickening diners.
Even people who didn’t use pewter plates avoided the fruit because tomatoes are part of the deadly nightshade family.
Today, however, we love tomatoes, eating them in everything from pasta sauces to pizza to salad.
“They are a great source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant,” says Earl L. Mindell, RPh, MH, PhD, a registered pharmacist, associate professor at Chapman University, and author of The New Vitamin Bible.
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You’d never guess it today but one of the priciest dishes on fancy menus – lobster – used to be so universally disliked that it was only seen fit to feed to prisoners.
And even then there were laws restricting how many days in a row they could have it, lest their punishment be considered too harsh.
So how did the crustacean undergo such a radical image change? “Let’s be honest, it’s one of the most Instagrammable foods there is!” says Julia Werth, a registered dietitian.
But besides making you look posh in pics, the high-protein crustacean has also become much more scarce in the last century, making it more valuable, she adds.
Eating crustaceans like shrimp (which is one of 13 superfoods every woman should eat) or lobster before bedtime may bring on an easier sleep.