Problem is, the biggest trend in American restaurants this year has been to make their meals more complicated than Kim Kardashian's love life. Over and over, food marketers have demonstrated that they can't leave well enough alone. From deep-frying pasta to turning simple salads into adventures in caloric chaos, I've broken down some of the most deeply disturbing turns in American food culture, circa 2010. And as the New Year emerges, you can find up-to-the-minute new developments in the food universe (and plenty of weight-loss secrets) when you follow me right here on Twitter.
It's not all bad news, though. A lot has changed to our food supply and policies since we first published Eat This, Not That! in late 2007. Some of these changes have made eating healthy foods easier than ever, while others (mentioned above) continue to put industry interests in front of our collective need to slim down. Here we've rounded up the best and worst food trends of 2010.
Worst Food Trend #5: Chips as Condiment
Worst Food Trend #4: Deep-Fried Pasta
Worst Food Trend #3: The 1,000-Calorie (Plus!) Salad
Worst Food Trend #2: Ice Cream for Breakfast
Worst Food Trend #1: Outrageous New Food Creations