April 2012

Foods of the 80s: Carob and Sprouts

Thumbs down to carob... thumbs up for sprouts!


In the 1980s, carob and sprouts were as ubiquitous as energy drinks and yogurt are today. I would venture to say that in the 1980s everyone ate carob and sprouts, some more often than others.
Both carob and sprouts came from the "hippie crunchy granola" health food crazes of the 1970s. Although they were considered fringe-y in the 1970s, the health beliefs of the 1980s brought them into the mainstream. Namely: that fat was the enemy.
If carbs are considered the enemy today, it was fat in the 1980s. All fat, any kind of it, was frowned upon. No one made a distinction between what we now believe are healthy fats (like olive oil) and unhealthy fats (like trans fats). 

The spider

Do you know what a spider is? Not the arachnid.

Time for a little bit of 80s trivia.  Actually, this one goes all the way back to the 70s and into the 60s.  Any true child of the 80s will know the answer to this question, though.  You may not know it by its name, but you’ll know what it was used for.




The object in this photo was commonly known as a spider. What was it used for?