Not long ago, while scrolling through her TikTok For You page, Riley Leach, 25, of Cloverdale, Indiana, found the answer to a question she didn’t even know to ask — it turns out that Zillennial and her sisters grew up in what users of the social media refer to as #ingredienthousehold.
As opposed to #snackhousehold or existence Raised by #AlmondMomToddlers learn from an early age to feed their cravings from a pantry stocked with the right food — eggs, butter, cheese, and apples, for example — versus packaged treats like Cheetos, Totino’s Pizza Rolls, or Pop Tarts.
And now, the two are locked in a heated debate about who had a better childhood — thanks in part to Leach, who Dropped a video on TikTok He details her experiences making the simplest nachos, or satisfying her hunger by eating peanut butter with a spoon.
“We’d come home from school, and get kind of creative,” Leach told The Post.
The aspiring blogger was shocked when her post went viral, garnering 10.1 million views, prompting comments from thousands of people eager to not only share their memories of their after-school snacks, but to advocate for one style over the other. And by TikTok metrics, the #ingredienthousehold camp, with 86.9 million views, is crushing controversy — #snackhousehold hasn’t yet risen among the thousands.
Not that their smaller numbers mean snack eaters are less eager – the most popular #snackhousehold video yet Uploaded by the user Bethan Hannah, who shared how she grew up with Peperami jerky sticks, frozen chicken nuggets, Yoplait yogurt cups and cheesecake.
Another video he posted @employee She shows off her family’s refrigerator and pantry nearly overflowing with name-brand bites like frozen Hungry Jack pies, Mary Callender’s chicken pot pie and Fruit Loops.
Whatever camp they fall into, the controversy calls attention to the way snacking patterns can trace us from childhood into adulthood. To this day, Leach said she and her husband — who also grew up #ingredienthousehold — still gravitate toward old-school favorites, including buttered saltines, but the couple are becoming more aware of their choices.
Snacks in general are very popular among Gen Zers — 77% say they eat between meals at least once a day, according to the 2022 Food and Health Survey by International Food Information Council. However, the New Hope Network reported that 66% of Gen Zers and 69% of Millennials say they think about their health every day, compared to 55% of Boomers – which could mean that healthy snacking is on the rise.
Chef Jennifer Wilber, Executive Chef of Wellness at The The new diet from the Mayo Clinic, She’s a fierce advocate for ingredients — she explained to The Post that today’s younger generations have a “huge reflection” on the relationship between Fast food and increased food sensitivities and related diseaseswhich is a possible reason why the #ingredienthousehold camp is so vocal.
Younger generations, Wilbur said, “are able to see trends in what people are getting sick of, and realize the root causes because more people are developing sensitivities.”
“It’s really important to realize that any time we have food in its most holistic form. It will always be a better option,” she said.
So while melting peanut butter on popcorn or tossing a slice of cinnamon-butter bread may not seem like a healthy option, eating a homemade snack with all-natural ingredients is, experts say, a better option than any pre-packaged goods.
Not that any food should be blacklisted or overly criticized — research has shown it Restricting access to certain “bad” foods Focuses children’s attention and increases their desire for these items. While having a cupboard full of pre-packaged snacks may seem unhealthy, some argue that having such food available for free actually helps people develop a healthy relationship with food and not overeat.
Dr. Adi Benito, chief medical advisor to the Association Eating to your health A blogger, she told The Post that while living in a plug-in home is probably the healthiest option, she understands that many kids might want a kitchen stocked with Lays chips and Fruit Roll-Ups.
“You really want to make your snacks with real ingredients,” she said, but admits that it’s okay “if someone wants to have a sweet treat, like a cookie or something fun”—as long as they listen to their body and recognize it as a snack, not a meal.
“The more you can fill your plate and your day with real food, the healthier a person will be without having to overdo it,” she said. “You can still, if you feel your body can tolerate a cookie, have a cookie.”