Shockingly, SnackWell's are still on the market, and they still have just as much sugar as a Chips Ahoy! cookie. "SnackWell's weren't even that good," Kimball points out. Ah, the follies of youth.
We've definitely seen some weird diets come and go. White-flour pasta isn't even near the top of that list, but it was definitely de rigueur for dieters of yore. "In the 1980s, you'd have plain pasta with marinara sauce," if you were trying to eat healthy, Kimball says. "Certainly no olive oil, because of the fat."
Another white substance that was big in the '80s
Yep, COCAINE. Marketed as an ingredient in health elixirs from the mid-19th to early 20th century, its advocates included such luminaries as Sigmund Freud, Sarah Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, Thomas Edison, and Popes Leo XIII and Pius X -- Pope Leo XIII even awarded the Vatican medal to a cocaine-infused wine. I mean, cocaine is obviously a stupid way to get healthy, but these popes were so metal that I'm not going to judge them.
Sports drinks like to call themselves things like "fuel for athletes," which definitely sounds cool. The only problem with that slogan is that although endurance athletes do need electrolytes, conventional sports drinks don't supply enough to make them a worthwhile choice. "They'll need more electrolytes than what they get," Kimball says. Most popular sports drinks are "just sugar, water, and artificial colors," she adds.