All the foods that had a moment each year of the past decade, according to experts

Plant-based meats had one of the biggest food moments of 2019.

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Plant-based meats had one of the biggest food moments of 2019.
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  • The 2010s have given us a lot to talk about when it comes to foodie culture.
  • As we look back on the past decade, registered nutritionist and founder of Nutritious Life, Keri Glassman, helped Insider identify some of the biggest moments in food.
  • While foods like kale, cauliflower, and cured meats are still very much in the conversation today, they each had their own moments in the food scene, like when Gwyneth Paltrow introduced us all to kale chips back in 2011.
  • Here’s a taste of some of the biggest food moments each year of the 2010s.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The 2010s kicked off with a foodie moment surrounding cured meats like prosciutto and soppressata, according to the Food Network.

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Cured meats were popular at the start of the decade.
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Rachel Askinasi/Insider

Source: Food Network, Redbook


Cured meats were staking their claim right next to cheeses on beautiful, Instagram-worthy charcuterie boards, and they still are today.

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A chef thinly cuts cured meats.
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Rachel Askinasi/Insider

Source: Food Network, Redbook


Then, in 2011, Gwyneth Paltrow taught us all how to make chips out of kale on “The Ellen Show.” And thus, the dark, leafy green became trendy.

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Kale being mixed in a bowl.
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Source: The Atlantic, The Telegraph, The Ellen Show


So much so, that people started wearing the word across their chest as a play on Yale University’s logo and a nod to the popular superfood.

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Actress Nikki Reed sporting the veggie sweatshirt.
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Source: The Atlantic, The Telegraph


2012 was dubbed “the year of kimchi” by food industry experts. Kimchi is salted and fermented vegetables like cabbage or radish, and popular in Korean cuisine.

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Kimchi is a popular Korean staple.
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Source: Perth Now, The Guardian, The New York Times


Keri Glassman, founder and CEO of Nutritious Life, told Insider that pickled and fermented foods along with probiotics, in general, were gaining momentum in 2012.

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Kimchi.
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Source: Nutritious Life


In 2013, cold-pressed juices were making a giant mark on the healthfood world.

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Fruit and vegetable juices became popular.
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Business Insider/Alyson Shontell

Source: The New York Times, The Cut, The Atlantic


Glassman said juice bars were popping up on every corner, and not just in New York or Los Angeles.

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Juice Press was a well-known juice bar.
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Glassman told Insider that 2014 was the year cauliflower knocked kale off of its pedestal.

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Cauliflower became the vegetable du jour in 2014.
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Source: Huff Post, Kitchn


One culinary expert, Christine Couvelier, told Huff Post that she thought cauliflower was “the new kale” in 2014.

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Cauliflower can be cooked and eaten in a number of ways.
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Source: Huff Post


People were eating the veggie as-is, but they were also turning it into things like steaks, mash, tots, pizza crust, and rice.

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Cauliflower pizza crust was very popular.
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Marinara Pizza

Source: Huff Post, Kitchn


The trend continues today with fun cauli-based foods like cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe’s.

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Trader Joe’s sells cauliflower gnocchi.
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Glassman named bone broth one of the top foods from 2015.

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People were lining up to buy bone broth.
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In 2015, The New York Times said bone broth was “ranking with green juice and coconut water as the next magic potion in the eternal quest for perfect health.”

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Bone broth became a health drink.
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Source: The New York Times, The Guardian, Eater, Eater


Bone broth, similar to stock, is made using bones and meat. This gives the broth health benefits that come from collagen, amino acids, and minerals found in the animal bones, according to The Times.

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A woman samples bone broth from a mason jar.
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Source: The New York Times


While 2015 brought us a drink best served hot, Glassman told Insider that in 2016, it was time for something cold: cold-brew coffee.

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Cold brew coffee is strong with a smooth taste.
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Megan Willett/Tech Insider

Source: The Washington Post, Fortune


Cold-brew coffee brands cropped up and people started making their own, too. Instead of just pouring hot coffee over ice, cold brew is made by steeping coffee beans in water in cold temperatures for a period of hours or days.

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Pouring milk into cold brew coffee.
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Source: Cooking Light


Peter Giuliano, senior director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, told The Washington Post that cold brew is what happens when people take iced coffee seriously, “rather than iced coffee as an afterthought.”

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Cold brew is made in a very specific way.
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Source: The Washington Post


Glassman said that the 2017 food moment featured lots and lots of turmeric — a bright orange root that some doctors believe offers a wide array of health benefits.

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Fresh turmeric root pictured above.
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Source: TIME, TIME, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Business Insider


Glassman told Insider we saw the rise of the colorful root on social media and in cafes in the form of a golden latte. You can also find it making its way into everything from desserts to beauty products.

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A turmeric chai latte is pictured above.
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Source: The Washington Post


The plant has been “a staple of Indian cuisine” and has even been used as a dye for cloth and plays a role in cultural rituals, according to The Washington Post.

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Turmeric is a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine.
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Source: The Washington Post


Some people started to take capsules filled with turmeric as part of their daily vitamin routine, but The Washington Post reported that scientists are still trying to figure out which part of the plant has healing benefits.

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A turmeric pill.
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Source: TIME, TIME, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Business Insider


Glassman told Insider the food of 2018 was the humble chickpea.

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Chickpeas go in everything from hummus to soups.
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Hilary Brueck / Insider

Source: Vogue


In 2018, the Middle Eastern bean showed up in everything from flavored hummus to pasta to non-dairy butter to ice cream.

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Hummus is typically made with chickpeas.
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Source: Vogue


2019 saw a surge in plant-based diets and plant-based meats, in particular, said Glassman.

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More people turned away from meat and towards plant-based alternatives.
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Even meat companies are producing plant-based alternatives, and fast-food restaurants famous for their burgers, like Burger King, are serving up the lab-made patties.

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Burger King has plant-based patties.
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Crystal Cox/Business Insider

Source: Spoon University, The New York Times, Forbes


While plant-based meat may be the rising trend leading us into the next decade …

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The Impossible Burger is a plant-based burger.
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Melia Robinson

Source: USA Today, Forbes


… some experts say it’s likely to fall soon, as the alt-meat is heavily processed.

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People are starting to wonder if plant-based meats are really healthier than the real deal.
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Melia Robinson

Source: Fortune