From that point, some of us went underground with our pricey nut butters, organic houmous and avo breakfasts for fear of being branded as basic.
They’re delicious but these kinds of foods have gained a kind of w*nker-y cache as the snacks of choice for the millennial gilded youth.
But it turns out that our food fads might actually be serving a very useful purpose.
In this age of wellness, the trendiest snacks are all pretty healthy and rich in polyunsaturated fats, which researchers at the University of Georgia say may be influencing our hormones and suppressing our hunger – and therefore could be useful in treating obesity.
Scientists believe foods like avocado, quinoa, chia seeds and chickpeas may contribute to overall weight loss.
They measured participants’ hormone changes, looking at their physiological hunger and fullness when following a diet heavy in polyunsaturated fat.
The subjects, aged between 18 and 35, were asked to indicate how hungry or full they were and how much they thought they could eat.
Those who ate a load of polyunsaturated fats were less hungry and felt fuller for longer than those who weren’t following the diet.
‘Appetite hormones play an important role in regulating how much we eat,’ said lead researcher, Jamie A. Cooper, PhD of the University of Georgia.
‘These findings tell us that eating foods rich in PUFAs (polyunsaturated fats), like those found in walnuts, may favourably change appetite hormones so that we can feel fuller for longer.’
So, continue eating your quinoa, houmous and avo salads with pride.