The Most Popular Food Items You Should Never Buy

If you have a social media account, you have probably seen the huge number of trendy foods popping up. Every decade has its food obsession, but sites like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook make it easier than ever to share yours. But not all popular food should make its way into your rotation. We found some you should definitely not buy and the reason many of these should go away (page 15).

1. Unicorn food

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
The Unicorn Frappuccino was never a good idea. | Starbucks

First, we had the unicorn bagel. Then the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino came out. As if that didn’t do it, unicorn cereal hit the market next. But food critics say we all need to chill out and order food for its taste, not its color. Time to get honest with ourselves: They just don’t taste good.

“Wow, that’s like four things I hate all in one sentence: Starbucks, unicorns, and the colors pink and purple,” Anthony Bourdain told Town & Country.

Next: The following food trend needs to stop wasting our money. 

2. Avocado toast

Avocado toast
You’re wasting your money. | Arx0nt/iStock/Getty Images

OK, let’s do the math. An avocado costs about $1.50 to $2, depending on your location and the season. A slice of bread might weigh in at a buck, if you get the really fancy kind. So why pay $15 for a slice of bread with avocado on top? We love avocado toast — at home.

Izabela Wojcik, director of House Programming for the James Beard Foundation told Forbes her love of the breakfast also comes with that caveat. “[But] if I walked into a local bodega and was presented with this luscious option, instead of the mushy bagels wrapped in plastic wrap, I would say ‘don’t ever stop serving avocado toast!'”

Next: If we see one more of these on a menu, we might scream.

3. Everything in a bowl

They’re often neither healthy nor wallet-friendly. | Sarsmis/iStock/Getty Images

When Chipotle introduced us to burrito bowls, we loved thinking outside the tortilla. And at first, a grain bowl seemed novel enough. But now, every menu features a grain bowl, a smoothie bowl, a poke bowl, you get the idea. They often don’t taste great and can weigh in with a lot of sugar, especially the smoothie version. And if you calculate the cost of their ingredients, most of them don’t come out very wallet-friendly, either.

Next: The following ingredient also needs to go.

4. Kale, kale everywhere

Kale caesar salad
It’s overdone. | Sharon_Mendonca/Getty Images

OK, kale does carry big health benefits. It also holds its own against stronger flavors than lettuce does and can make a versatile ingredient. But enough with the kale salads, already.

“I actually groaned the last time I saw a kale salad on a restaurant menu,” Wojcik told Forbes. Us, too. Kale can stay if we find something else to do with it. But spare us another salad, please.

Next: On the other side of the spectrum, why do we eat this?

5. The doughnut burger

Glazed doughnuts
It’s way too many calories. | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

If you have not seen this trend, count your lucky stars. The doughnut burger consists of a burger sandwiched between two halves of a glazed doughnut. Not only does it taste downright weird, it also might kill you.

They contain around 2,000 calories, at least 50 grams of fat, and 8 grams of salt. Mel Wakeman, a lecturer of Applied Physiology at the University of Birmingham, asked the BBC, “Why is this sort of food available?” Good question.

Next: Do not fall for the following trend, whatever you do.

6. Raw water

This could make you very sick. | Tauseef Mustafa/iStock/Getty Images

The raw water trend really needs to end before we all get sick. Raw water is groundwater, river water, and water from non-municipal sources that people bottle and mark up in price. Because it does not get treated in any way, you run the risk of getting seriously ill from drinking it. Trust us: There is no reason not to treat your water.

Next: This trend won’t hurt you, but it won’t help either.

7. Gold flakes on anything

Gold flakes
It’s really not necessary to your meal. | Shark_749/iStock/Getty Images

If you’ve watched The Food Network, you have probably seen gold leaf pop up at least once. Chefs use it to make their food look fancy, but it has a few innate problems. First off, it doesn’t actually cost that much. Five sheets of edible 24k gold costs about $5. It also doesn’t taste like anything, and the texture can seriously mess up a good meal.

Next: The next one really should not appear on your table.

8. Milkshakes with other desserts on top

Smoothie with Cookie
It looks amazing — in theory. | Konstantin Balezin/iStock/Getty Images

Dubbed “freakshakes,” these monstrous milkshakes come with entire other desserts added in. Think a milkshake with candy piled on top and sometimes, an entire slice of cake or cheesecake. Trust us: You should not have a piece of cake with your milkshake. We don’t even want to think about what these do to your body, even if they do get a million likes on Instagram. Leave the sugar overload to Willy Wonka, where it belongs.

Next: The following oil actually transcends food entirely.

9. Coconut oil as ‘healthy’

Coconut oil
It’s actually not that healthy. | Anna1311/iStock/Getty Images

If you go online at all, you know all about the supposed benefits of coconut oil. Well, bad news. Coconut oil does contain medium chain triglyceride, which tends to burn as energy instead of fat storage. But the oil only has about 15% of MCT, and the rest is unsaturated fat. So no, it won’t make you healthier to eat it.

As a result, The American Heart Association recently published a paper that said, “We advise against the use of coconut oil.” That said, go ahead and use it in moderation. Just don’t think you can down teaspoons for health benefits.

Next: We don’t understand why people love this one so much.

10. LaCroix seltzer water

hand holding a LaCroix
There are other brands to try. | LaCroix Water via Facebook

For some reason, LaCroix seltzer water has taken off in a big way. But does it really taste any better than the many, many varieties available at every supermarket? Nope, it doesn’t. Time to stop freaking out over LaCroix. If you really need your fizzy water fix, you also have so many better brands to try.

Next: The following fad just does not taste as good as it should.

11. Zoodles

Vege Noodles
The prep just isn’t worth it for mediocre pasta. | Anna_Shepulova/iStock/Getty Images

We want zoodles — or vegetables shaped like noodles — to taste as good as the real thing. But we can’t lie to ourselves anymore. If you want a bowl of pasta, go ahead and have a bowl of pasta. But zoodles just make us crave it even more. Besides, you need a special gadget just to make them, and that just wastes valuable kitchen space.

Next: This drink craze actually really drives us crazy.

12. Seasonal-spiced coffee drinks

Flavored coffee
Enjoy one during its season — and that’s it. | Julia_Sudnitskaya/iStock/Getty Images

We love a good Pumpkin Spice Latte but not all year long. Since when do we need to start drinking fall in the middle of summer? Or enjoying a peppermint-studded latte in October? If you love a seasonal drink, at least enjoy it during the right season. Not to mention, those sugar-laden coffee drinks really pack a punch. You’d have better luck grabbing a candy bar, nutritionally speaking, than some of these suckers.

Next: A famous chef dished on why he hates this one, and we have to agree.

13. Truffle oil on everything

Homemade Parmesan Truffle French Fries
Truffle fries are everywhere. |

If you love strong flavors, you might go all in for truffle oil. But lately, the pungent stuff has popped up everywhere. Gordon Ramsey told PopSugar he wants to see it go the way of the dinosaur.

“The worst thing, for me, is truffle oil. That thing needs to be let down,” he said. “When [people] use it, they use the same f***ing top [as any other oil], so they pour it, and it comes out in abundance. This thing needs to be let out in tiny, tiny, little [amounts].”

Next: We hate to break it to you, but this trend will not change your life.

14. Golden milk

Turmeric Milk
It doesn’t have the benefits we thought. | Foxys_forest_manufacture/iStock/Getty Images

Turmeric anything has really hit the big time, and for some good reason.Turmeric contains curcumin, which research says may have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Unfortunately, turmeric only contains about 3% curcumin, so it does not have the benefits we thought. If you love golden milk for its flavor, go ahead. But don’t fool yourself into calling it the holy grail of foods.

Next: We seem to have forgotten the whole point of food with this one.

15. Food that looks pretty but tastes awful

Colourful bagels
Why put this in your body? | Bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

In general, food that seems to exist just for the ‘gram needs to end. Sure, we can have fun taking pictures of our food. But when we sacrifice taste for trendiness, the whole thing has gone too far.

“Pretty and visually engaging food is all well and good,” said Bret Thorn, senior food and beverage editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, “but in my opinion taste should come first, and it doesn’t with these things.”

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