… meat and potatoes are back in style. Potatoes, perhaps, because they are cheap and long-lasting. Meat — well, the price is dropping on that, too. Part of the reason why meat is resurgent, however, may be that the formerly vegan-curious seem to be putting off satisfying that curiosity until better days — we've got enough to worry about these days, with each news report leading off with dire coronavirus stats, so can you blame us if we're a bit less concerned about the plight of chickens or the effect beef cattle may be having on the climate? While Impossible this and Beyond that may have been all the rage six months ago, plant-based meat substitutes are among the items that are not finding their way into everyone's panic-filled grocery carts…

 

 

The reason Americans are ditching health food during the pandemic

 

By Maria Scinto, Mashed

March 23, 2020

 

When it comes to eating preferences, as an old clich้ used to put it, there are two types of people — those who live to eat (foodies, you know who you are!) and those who eat to live (nothing but healthy food goes into these body temples). Now that we're all in survival mode, you'd think we'd double down on nutritious eating, wouldn't you? Well, in the early days of coronavirus social distancing, self-quarantining, sheltering in place, or whatever it is we're doing, that's not really how things are panning out. Emotions are running high, and for comfort, we're all running to the fridge — but when we get there, we want to see our dear old friends Ben & Jerry, not those annoying do-gooders kale and broccoli.

 

Why is everyone ditching those healthy eating New Year's resolutions en masse? Well, as CNN points out, high-fat, high-carb, high-sugar foods increase levels of dopamine, otherwise known as the feel-good hormone — at least, in the short run, they do. In the long run, eating junk food will make us feel worse and gain weight and get less healthy and generally mess up our bodies and blah blah blah... but thinking about the future is way too scary. You know what feels good? Baking feels good. Life is uncertain, but at least the cookie jar is full.

 

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Another reason why we're not exactly eating the rainbow these days (unless Skittles count) is that we don't know what's going to sell out or run out or when or if we'll be able to make another grocery run, so we're opting for more shelf-stable — or at least refrigerator-stable — options.

 

Also, interestingly enough, Yahoo! Finance reports that meat and potatoes are back in style. Potatoes, perhaps, because they are cheap and long-lasting. Meat — well, the price is dropping on that, too. Part of the reason why meat is resurgent, however, may be that the formerly vegan-curious seem to be putting off satisfying that curiosity until better days — we've got enough to worry about these days, with each news report leading off with dire coronavirus stats, so can you blame us if we're a bit less concerned about the plight of chickens or the effect beef cattle may be having on the climate? While Impossible this and Beyond that may have been all the rage six months ago, plant-based meat substitutes are among the items that are not finding their way into everyone's panic-filled grocery carts.

 

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