Social media will lead you to believe that you will absolutely die without certain food products in your life. That is false.
Not only are these products typically not necessary, a lot of them don’t even actually taste good. Sometimes influencers are being paid to promote a product. And sometimes influencers just have bad taste! I, on the other hand, am a professional food taste tester. It’s my job to know what tastes good and what doesn’t. Scroll down to let me soothe your culinary FOMO with this list of trending foods you do not need to buy.
Expensive Tinned Fish
If you’re flush with cash, buy the expensive tinned fish. It will be good. You don’t, however, have to spend a bunch of money to get good tinned fish. Tonnino Tuna Fillets with Garlic in Olive Oil is one of our favorite canned tunas and you can get it at Walmart for around $6. Geisha Fancy Smoked Oysters in Sunflower Oil are a great option if you’re looking for canned smoked oysters. They’re less than $3!
Powdered Drinking Greens
You do not need to spend $40 on the powdered drinking greens that you see on TikTok. A lot of them taste really bad. And there are cheaper options out there, like this Purely Inspired version at Walmart for $15. But really, you don’t need to be drinking powdered greens. You can get your nutrients from normal food. You can drink your greens, but don’t let the internet make you feel like have to drink your greens.
Bad Chili Crisp
Why in the world is everyone on TikTok using the Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crisp? It tastes very bad, like old oil and dried onion skins. There are so many wonderful chili crisps you can buy at all different price points instead. Please read my article about the best chili crisp and never go back to Trader Joe’s again for chili crisp (there are plenty of actually good products you should be buying at Trader Joe’s).
Why won’t this trend go away? Sorry to come for Trader Joe’s again, but their corn ribs are not good. They’re so greasy and not that sweet or juicy. Like I mentioned above, Trader Joe’s has lots of good products like their frozen Mexican-style roasted corn. Go buy that instead!
You get ads for these fancy keto cereals with aesthetically pleasing packaging all the time all over social media. Influencers will act like they taste good. They do not. I promise. They taste like you’re eating packing peanuts. Instead, buy some healthy cereal that actually tastes good. Plus, it doesn’t cost $30 for four boxes and you don’t have to order it from a specialty website and pay for shipping.