Boomers eat out and eat well
Empty-nester Baby Boomers are eating out more than their younger counterparts, but NPD reports the "blue plate special" of 2015 has less meatloaf with potatoes and gravy and more health-conscious foods such as "whole grains, protein, calcium," along with health-sustaining foods that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
OK, I added this one. It's not on the NPD list. But, seriously, the bacon craze is still sizzling. Not only do people put it on everything, but this tasty, salty, fatty pork meat has gone from worst to first in terms of its health reputation. Long-distance runners and cyclists are now calling bacon "the new fuel food."
It reminds me of that line from Woody Allen's 1973 film "Sleeper," where researchers of the future are surprised that Allen's character asks for wheat germ and tiger's milk upon awakening from 200 years in a cryogenic deep freeze. "You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or hot fudge?" asks one researcher. Her colleague replies, "Those were thought to be unhealthy, precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true."