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Snack-Free Babies: 1950s Gerber Baby Food vs 2013

I came across an ad for Gerber Baby food for "Graduates" which includes a line of highly processed, fatty and salty "snacks!" Seems to me that the implication is that babies get to "graduate" into eating just like the rest of America: snacking between meals and choosing processed foods with added fats, sugar and salt. Here's the line-up for 1953:

According to my research, Gerber didn't have a line of snacks for babies in the 1950s; it appears to be just meals and desserts.

Even the so-called "Junior" foods, perhaps the equivalent of today's "Graduates" line, didn't offer mothers crunchy, fatty salty snacks to feed their little ones.
Plus, no GMOs in the 1950s!

Lighten up with black coffee! Percs give me perks.

Good morning! This is how I make my coffee every morning: In an old school percolator served black, no sugar, in a pretty vintage cup (I change that up, too, for added "flavor"). Not only does this save calories but it kinder to a household budget, too. I only have one cup a day, and don't consume any caffeine after that.
One of the things I've written about in my book is how the culture of coffee has changed in America. Instead of sipping hot coffee with maybe a tad of cream and/or sugar at home we now have this:

Is your McMansion killing you? Why I love my 50s ranch house!

While out walking around my neighborhood today which is comprised mostly of  modest sized homes built in the 1950's and 60's, I was thinking about how, up until the past couple of decades of excess, enough was generally enough. There is a newer subdivision off one street filled with what some people would call "McMansions."  Instead of 1,200 square foot homes, each is about 4,000 plus square feet.

Sure, people tried to keep up with the Joneses in 1950's suburbia, but the benchmarks for bigger and better were far more manageable and affordable than what we have now, probably because credit cards and mortgages weren't handed out freely like today.

I think the current culture of more means means a normalization of overindulging and acceptance of the consequences..."tomorrow." Buy more now, pay more later. Eat more now, lose more tomorrow (which we keep putting off). We live in bigger houses which seem to match our growing waistlines.

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