Modern food trends (1/2)

Modern food trends: convenience food and fast food in vogue?

The fact that societies are constantly changing and evolving is a phenomenon that cannot be denied. In recent years in particular, these changes – especially in countries of the Western world – seem to have had an impact on lifestyles and diets. It seems that less and less time is spent on food preparation or is not available (anymore) at all. As a result, the demand for quick and easy-to-prepare food is increasing, the food supply is changing, and new food trends are emerging. Two of these modern food trends will be discussed in more detail in the next two blog posts. Today’s post will focus on the convenience food trend. Another one will focus on fast food.

The word convenience food comes from the english language. This type of food trend is “partially or fully prepared foods and food components up to ready meals” [1]. These are supposed to make work easier for the consumer.

If we look at the quality of products that are considered convenience foods from a nutritional perspective, it can vary greatly. Frozen vegetables or fruits, for example, are just as beneficial to health as their fresh counterparts. Ready-made convenience foods, on the other hand, are of lesser quality in terms of nutritional quality.

Like so many modern food trends, this one has its pros and cons:Modern nutrition trends

The biggest advantage of convenience food is that it saves time. Long preparation and cooking times are shortened by ready-to-cook or ready-to-eat products. Convenience food products that have a longer shelf life can be consumed at any time, regardless of the season (such as pre-processed canned or frozen foods). For people who are unable to cook (whether due to illness, age, etc.), ready-made meals create the opportunity to still provide meals for them.

However, ready meals and similar convenience food products also have disadvantages. They “often have high levels of nutritionally unfavorable ingredients, such as table salt [note: not iodized], sugar, fat, and saturated fatty acids.” [2] They are also often more expensive to purchase and ecologically energy-intensive to produce, store and prepare.

So, as we can see, convenience food brings both advantages and disadvantages, and it is not for nothing that it is considered one of the most widespread among modern food trends.

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References

Elmadfa, Ibrahim & Claus Leitzmann. 2019. Ernährung des Menschen. 6., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Stuttgart: Eugen Ulmer, S. 755-757

https://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Convenience_Food

[1] Elmadfa, Ibrahim & Claus Leitzmann. 2019. Ernährung des Menschen. 6., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Stuttgart: Eugen Ulmer, S. 755

[2] Elmadfa, Ibrahim & Claus Leitzmann. 2019. Ernährung des Menschen. 6., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Stuttgart: Eugen Ulmer, S. 756

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