Trends in Consumption Patterns

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This paper will discuss America's Food Trends, an article written for WebMD about the home and the changing tastes of America. The tastes and food trends in America have changed over the years from fast foods to more healthy meals. The change in where America eats will be discussed along with what they eat.

America's Food Trends

In am article titled "America's Food trends" written for WebMD in 2003 it was shown that American's are eating out less and eating at home more. "For the first time in a long time, Americans were spending more at the grocery store rather than in restaurants," writes A. Elizabeth Sloan. Food is still quick, but eight out of tem meals are now being prepared at home. (Davis, 2003)

Top Ten American Food Trends

There are ten food trends that are consumed in the home though they may not be traditionally "homemade" meals.

The first is no-prep convenience foods such as ready- to-eat frozen dinners and snack foods. Second are more meat and potatoes. America has always been a meat and potato country but we are now eating more meats in different varieties such as fish, lamb, and hamburger is coming back as a favorite. Third are dairy products. With the easy of dairy consumption with the personal size bottles and yogurt to go, people are consuming more dairy products than before including cheese. Fourth are ethnic foods. People are looking at eating different cuisines. Fifth are one-dish meals such as over-stuffed sandwiches, cups that fit into drink holders in your car, and meals on the go.

The next five range from healthy foods to what we put on them. Sixth are foods that are prepared and eaten at home by a parent such as spaghetti or soup. Seventh is bottled water. Water...