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Old 04-05-2014, 02:55 PM
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I got the idea from the "milk" thread, wherein a poster said that growing up his or her Mom only ever bought 2% milk. That struck me as funny, because 2% (or 1%) milk seems new to me--when I grew up, there was either regular milk or skim milk, the latter of which people on diets drank and I only knew from seeing it in a store. I'm thinking the 2% and 1% started being marketed around the 1980s.

The title of this thread comes from the late Julia Child. I was watching a show once when she was so old that you could hear her breathing heavily into the microphone, and she was only supervising the other people on the show, not doing any of the work herself.

They were making a salad that included canned tuna, and she kept reaching out and picking and eating the tuna and saying how much she loves canned tuna. Then she went on to say that the tuna in oil is the best and to avoid the tuna in water, and asked, "What Nutritional Nellie ever thought that one up?"

So that's another. Tuna in water instead of oil is another fairly "new" or non-traditional way of a product being sold, ostensibly for nutritional purposes.

Any others you can remember?
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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They still sell tuna in oil, don't they? I started buying it in water because it seemed to taste less fishy.

McDonald's fries used to be cooked in beef tallow....yummmmm!
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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We used to get milk delivered by a milkman. It was whole milk in glass bottles with cream on the top. We didn't ever use margarine, only butter. There was no such thing as diet soda. We had desserts available all the time. Nobody was fat, either. I guess it was because we walked everywhere.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I got the idea from the "milk" thread, wherein a poster said that growing up his or her Mom only ever bought 2% milk. That struck me as funny, because 2% (or 1%) milk seems new to me--when I grew up, there was either regular milk or skim milk, the latter of which people on diets drank and I only knew from seeing it in a store. I'm thinking the 2% and 1% started being marketed around the 1980s.

The title of this thread comes from the late Julia Child. I was watching a show once when she was so old that you could hear her breathing heavily into the microphone, and she was only supervising the other people on the show, not doing any of the work herself.

They were making a salad that included canned tuna, and she kept reaching out and picking and eating the tuna and saying how much she loves canned tuna. Then she went on to say that the tuna in oil is the best and to avoid the tuna in water, and asked, "What Nutritional Nellie ever thought that one up?"

So that's another. Tuna in water instead of oil is another fairly "new" or non-traditional way of a product being sold, ostensibly for nutritional purposes.

Any others you can remember?
That tuna she was sampling is Lazio's brand, available by mail order/internet. They used to have a cannery here, now it's all in Ft Bragg (Mendocino County). .
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:15 PM
 
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Hmmmm...I think we're close in age MQ (still reeling from being called "older" though )...I was thinking I grew up drinking 2%....and eating Wonder Bread to build strong bones!
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:18 PM
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We used to get milk delivered by a milkman. It was whole milk in glass bottles with cream on the top. We didn't ever use margarine, only butter. There was no such thing as diet soda. We had desserts available all the time. Nobody was fat, either. I guess it was because we walked everywhere.
That's right! Diet soda is relatively new.

Soda was a treat for us, not something kept in the house all the time.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:20 PM
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Hmmmm...I think we're close in age MQ (still reeling from being called "older" though )...I was thinking I grew up drinking 2%....and eating Wonder Bread to build strong bones!
Ah, "older" is a relative term!! I'm 55. ; )
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:21 PM
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They still sell tuna in oil, don't they? I started buying it in water because it seemed to taste less fishy.

McDonald's fries used to be cooked in beef tallow....yummmmm!
Yes, you can still get it in oil, vegetable oil. And the cream in Oreos used to be lard and sugar.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:36 PM
 
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We used to get milk delivered by a milkman. It was whole milk in glass bottles with cream on the top. We didn't ever use margarine, only butter. There was no such thing as diet soda. We had desserts available all the time. Nobody was fat, either. I guess it was because we walked everywhere.
We had milk delivered and it tasted better. Nothing tastes as good when it's in plastic. Nobody was fat because we ate real food at home, didn't drink soda except as a treat, didn't have ice cream in the house--your dad might take everyone out for a cone on a Sunday afternoon in the summer--we walked to school and rode our bikes to our friends' houses--no one drove us around.

We had cookies and brownies a lot. They were homemade but Nutritional Nellies would not approved. If you wanted your baking to taste really good you used that expensive stuff called butter. For everyday baking, you used Crisco. There were no artificial sweeteners--the sweetener was called sugar. There was some kind of diet bread that one of my teachers ate--I can't remember the name of it. Otherwise nothing was "diet."
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:00 PM
 
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McDonald's fries used to be cooked in beef tallow....yummmmm!
That's why they tasted so good.

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There were no artificial sweeteners--the sweetener was called sugar. There was some kind of diet bread that one of my teachers ate--I can't remember the name of it. Otherwise nothing was "diet."
In the 1960s, my mom sweetened her tea with sodium cyclamate, either in a liquid or in teeny little tablets. Saccharine has been around longer than that. We drank Diet Rite Cola and Fresca, and Funny Face drink mixes also had cyclamates in them. When cyclamate disappeared from the market in 1970, Mom used powdered Sugar Twin and she made Funny Face for us with sugar.

The bread you're thinking of may be Hollywood bread. 40 calories a slice. I don't know what was in it, sawdust maybe.
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