The Standard American Diet has its beginnings in our early history. Many food historians refer to the traditional diets of many cultures; however the traditional American food culture remains elusive and difficult to define. One thinks of hot dogs, hamburgers, meat, potatoes that have more recently evolved into fast foods, packaged, processed foods loaded with sugar, salt, and fat along with a list of ingredients that often take up most of the food label.
The following article gives us insights on how it all began especially with gender issues about foods. It’s a fascinating look at the early origins of “feminine” or “masculine” foods and their effects on how we still operate to a degree from these stereotypes.
One important contribution to our food culture has also been the food of the diverse immigration movement early in the 20th century. Thus, the traditional American diet has its roots primarily from other cultures as well as our own beginnings – thus, Mexican, Chinese, Italian food primarily.