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Old 10-27-2008, 09:21 AM
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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I can remember meals from the 60's and 70's and they did taste good. However, I do not remember a lot of variety.

I also am thankful that the food industry DID add some things to our food - vitamins to cereal etc. Children in the last 30 years or so are healthier because of better health care AND the addition of vitamins and minerals to some foods that only kids will eat. At least that is what I think .
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:53 AM
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Food from 30-50 (and prior) years ago was much better tasting ... for many reasons, but the primary reason is:

Crops were grown in soil with a rich blend of microneutrients and trace elements. To "improve" crop production, more chemicals (herbicides, pesticides, concentrated synthetic fertilizers) were developed to produce greater yields without problems.

Year-in and year-out, the ground gets used for the same crop production on depleted soil, which has become little more than a growth medium holding the chemicals and root structure for the crop.

Add to that problem of hybrid varieties of crops, targeted for maximum production and cosmetic appearance, faster maturing, longer shelf life ... as opposed to flavor quality ... with scientifically delayed ripening of early picked fruit/vegetables ....

And we've created a whole host of non-nutrious foods that have essentially no flavor compared to the "heirloom" varieties.

Thankfully, folks have saved the seeds of the heirloom varieties and we can still grow them on a limited scale in our greenhouses and gardens and orchards and farm fields where we use "natural and organic" methods to fertilize the soil into a living growth environment. We rotate crops, and allow "fallow" years for the soil to enrich itself from the decomposing matter we plow into it for that purpose.

Additionally, years ago ... they didn't have concentrated feedlot finishing for meat animal production. For the most part, livestock was finished in the field and then shipped to market from the original producer. In more recent times, the meat industry has been broken down into specialists for each phase of the growth cycle .... with the final weight gain in a feedlot on supplements and grains and by-products to cheaply add weight while not allowing exercise that might consume the calories or nutrition.

I know that I can taste the difference in our organic production of vegetables, herbs, and beef, chicken, lamb, pork, ducks, geese .... we eat many meals cooked from scratch entirely created from our own home production. No MSG, No preservatives, No Flavor enhancers, No dye colors, No "Nothing Added" for sweetener, and minimal salt (if any).

It's gotten to a point for us where we haven't eaten "fast food" in many years, and don't enjoy most restaurants. They'd kill for the flavors we have on the table ... but can't duplicate with all the synthetics and additives they serve.

Additionally, much of the USA food supply is now outsourced and comes from producers with a lot of chemicals and preservatives .... some which are now banned in the USA food chain as not healthy, but allowed in the other countries.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:01 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Well, I can remember WWII dining, whem mom had to carefully cut tallow of the meat. and fresh corn was called corn-on-cob and not sweet corn, because it was not sweet. It tasted like corn, not sugar. I have no idea if things tasted "better" or not because the shift was too gradual. Chicken was all free-range, and beef and pork were probably fed real food, maybe even locally. Hot-dogs were meat-colored, and probably even meat-flavored. Fish was not yet toxic, and Catholics still had to eat it every Friday.

Veggies were almost always out of a can. Not many people had a freezer with the capacity for lots of frozen foods, and fresh veggies were only availablel in season. Luckily, my mom had a kitchen garden, and living in a farm town, there was easy access to lots of other produce in season (peas, beans, etc) that could be put up for the rest of the year. Bread tasted like bread, even if store-bought. Lots of moms bought their daily bread from a storefront bakery, separete from the grocery where other food was bought. (There were no supermarkets yet.) Green salads were unknown in winter. There were lots of potato salads and casseroles when summer produce was not on hand.

Everything probably did tast better then, for the simple reason that every mom was home and every meal was cooked from scratch, by somebody who cared and had learned to cook instinctively. But the ingredients were probably not as tasty, just because there as a lot of spoilage, and dubious ingredients used, rather than thrown away. And so many things just were not available much of the year. International cuisine was unknown---thre was no Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Italian. So most meals were same-old same-old,, spiced with salt and pepper.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:36 PM
Location: Memphis - home of the king
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There is a lot more processed food which I think most of us agree is not good.

But there is also a nostalgia factor at work here imo. Ask almost any wife and she'll tell you her husband waxes poetic about his mom's cooking, especially if she is departed. And it may not have been that great, but she was his mom so . . . And the wife may have sampled some of it too and know better.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:16 AM
Location: West Texas
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Originally Posted by SmerkyGrl View Post
I'm guessing their metabolisms slowed down.
That's MY excuse, and I'm sticking to it!!!
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:58 PM
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I know what is better now - vegetables. Man, I hated eating canned veggies growing up. I never ate veggies unless they were out of the garden. And in college, while shopping for myself, I discovered frozen veggies. Never went back to canned.

Convenience food is bad. Avoid when we can.

Also the meat they have nowadays is trimmed too lean. I make a pork roast and there is barely enough fat for gravy and the meat is dry-ish. I know my gram used to make killer pork gravy with her roasts. I try to get meats from a good butcher cause he can accommodate me and not trim pork to goshdarn lean. If I want lean, I will eat fish.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:16 PM
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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food taste better 30 years ago when you were young and poor.
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:30 PM
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Definitely used to be better. Now everything is so processed. Everything used to be made from scratch. School lunches - MY SCHOOL LUNCHES WERE DELICIOUS when I was in grade school. The cooks got there early in the morning and the food smelled SO GOOD cooking. Back then, it was cooler to buy your lunch than to bring a sack lunch. They made homemade bread, homemade cinnamon rolls. And no preservatives.

And that was just at school, but no one used pre-prepared foods or preservatives. Food was defintely better.
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Old 10-31-2008, 05:40 AM
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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Food did taste better way back when. I think the way it is raised and processed has a lot to do with that. As far as people being fatter, ever consider that the growth hormones being fed to livestock might have something to do with it? How about the antibiotics having something to do with antibiotic resistant infections? Just a thought.
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:22 AM
Location: NoVa
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I think it was better then. I am only 34, but from what I remember, it was all better. As a teenager there was this one steak/seafood restaurant a bf and I used to go to. The food was so so good. Seemed like there were many older people working there as cooks.

As the time went on, the food was not as good. Not only is it the food but the people making the people. The same is true for a place I used to take the kids to. Oh yea, it was like a hole in the wall, but there were older ladies who owned it and did the cooking, and that food was better than any I have had anywhere... more fattening though..
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