The most searched food in 2018, according to Google

The year 2018 was a weird year for food, at least according to data released by Google this week. Some of the most searched foods in the U.S. over the past year include CBD treats, unicorn cake, and a lot of keto-friendly desserts. In other words: foods you might consume while stress eating. 

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Gochujang sauce

Korean food and flavors were on the rise in 2018. "We have seen a rise in pickling, fermenting, and fire-roasting in the culinary world, thanks in part to newfound Western interest in ancient cooking techniques. Gochujang hits on all three pillars, and its exotic flavor is appealing to adventurous eaters," wrote The Daily Meal

Keto brownies

The Ketogenic diet was the the most searched diet in 2018, so it's no surprise people were also looking for ways to still eat their favorite treats. 

Keto chili

For the most part, keto chili is the same as regular chili, but without the beans.

Keto cookies

Keto cookies typically use almond or coconut flour and olive oil or coconut oil to achieve their low-carb, high-fat status. 

Necco Wafers

Necco closed its factory in July after being bought out by an investment company at a bankruptcy auction in May, and people were freaking out. Then in September, the Toledo Blade reported that an Ohio candy company who also produces Dum Dum lollipops and candy canes purchased Necco and hopes to reintroduce the brand in 2020. 

See? Everything will be OK. 

Keto cheesecake

While most diets don't allow for dessert, the keto diet encourages a high (healthy) fat diet. Hence, the uptick in desserts "made healthy." 

Keto Pancakes

Keto pancakes are made with almond flour and strive to omit any and all sugar, so no maple syrup for the keto-dieters. 

CBD Gummies

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is derived from the Cannabis plant (yes, weed). But unlike THC, it won't get you high. CBD is said to provide a sense of calm and relaxation, and help with some medical issues like epilepsy. It's legal in many U.S.states

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce was recalled and blacklisted by the Center for Disease Control multiple times in 2018 thanks to widespread E.Coli outbreaks. U.S. Consumers were advised not to eat it, while retailers and restaurants were advised not to sell it. 

Unicorn Cake

The Unicorn Cake trend actually dates back to 2016, when posting colorful foods to Instagram first took off. 

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Keto desserts snagged five of the top 10 spots on the list, which is only made less surprising by the fact that the ketogenic diet tops the list of most searched diets in 2018. 

Keto, a buzzword that stands for ketogenic, is a low-carb, high-fat nutrition plan that drives your body into a state of ketosis, aka when your body uses fast as a fuel source instead of carbohydrates. Celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian and Halley Berry rave about the results, but many nutritionists warn of its unhealthy risks

One food on the list that strayed from the dessert category (that's not even really meant to be ingested on its own) is Gochujang sauce. The Korean condiment is made with fermented soy beans, red chiles, rice and salt, and it is definitely spicy. Think of it as the Korean version of Sriracha. It's not new, but whether it was Americans' fascination with South Korean culture after the 2018 Winter Olympics or their love of fermented foods (think: kimchi and kombucha), this sauce's rise in popularity helped it snag spot number 10 in the most searched foods. 

You can check out the top 10 list of most searched foods in the slideshow above, but let it be said while the year 2018 may not be in the running for the "best in history," arguably, neither is its most popular food.

See more of Google's Year in Search to find what other trends made people curious. 

For the list of most Googled people in 2018, check out the slideshow below!

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Most-Googled People of 2018
10. Cardi B
9. Rick Ross
8. Ariana Grande
7. Urban Meyer
6. Eminem
5. Khloe Kardashian
4. Logan Paul
3. Brett Kavanaugh
2. Meghan Markle
1. Demi Lovato
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