We Can Do Better: The 10 Most Overrated Foods

03/06/2012 11:00 AM |


6. Brussels Sprouts
Over the last couple decades, we’ve seen Brussels sprouts rise from the ugly duckling of yucky vegetables to the darling of chefs and Thanksgiving spreads. The favoritism has drawn more availability year-round and less-fresh heads that stink of sulfur, especially when overcooked. We get it, they’re healthy–but so are other brassicas, such as cabbage, which keeps longer and has multiple harvests year-round.


14 Comment

  • I completely disagree!

  • If a breed was threatened, why would we spark a craze to kill it and eat it?

  • good.
    more for those of us with taste buds.
    who, yes, are also not eating out.

    hope the “least exploited foods” list is more compelling.

  • good.
    more for those of us with taste buds.
    who, yes, are also not eating out.

  • good.
    more for those of us with taste buds.
    who, yes, are also not eating out.

  • “Cod” lol bro

    “Chicken Breast” pffffff

    well this was a fun list lol bro

  • Corn didn’t take the top spot? If butter is in almost everything, then corn is in EVERYTHING!

  • It’s cool to hate foods that lots of people like!

  • Cathy needs a new job! There’s a lot of food out there that’s overrated and most of the ones you spoke about …. aren’t! One overrated food comes to mind…..SOY!!!

  • @Jeff Rey Charles Aldridge: Genetic biodiversity is important to a healthy ecosystem, and while there are numerous individual, or “heritage” breeds of cattle (and heirloom varieties of fruits/vegetables), many aren’t bred/cultivated industrially and some have even become extinct. Raising them for food is one practical way to ensure their survival and promote much-needed biodiversity. Check out more about it here: http://albc-usa.org/ and here: http://heritagefoodsusa.com

  • This is one of the many reasons I like L Magazine so much. Nicely done, Cathy Erway!

  • oh! this is the worst list! I would think “overrated” would include things that were popular on menus everywhere within the last 3 years, not basic ingredients to cook with….especially not truffles. Remember when everything had a little fris

  • There are a lot of good breads out there with a variety of grains, and local grain projects are really getting popular. Not a bad idea for an article, but this one isn’t well informed at all. I think as NY’ers we should be excited about what’s going on in the bread movement right now, unlike Cathy, who likes to pretend it’s 1990.

  • soy, corn, bread, and cheese are the foods i think are the most overrated. try to order something at any mainstream restaurant that doesn’t contain gluten, soy, corn, or dairy. even the salads have soybean oil/corn oil in the dressing, cheese, and then comes with meat that is breaded (with flour that contains gluten) and then fried.