Health & Fitness

9 “Poor People Foods” That Were Taken Over By Rich People


Food has changed a lot over the years. A lot of food that used to be “poor people foods” have been taken over once rich people discovered them. Many have turned into delicacies, including a couple of options that are now typically the most expensive thing on the menu.

Here are 9 “poor people foods” that used to be cheap.


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Believe it or not, Lobster was once an unappealing food because it’s relatively tasteless without butter. It was considered “garbage meat” and served to servants and prisoners because it was so cheap.


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Pho is a delicious Vietnamese soup with bone broth, rice noodles, and thinly sliced meat. This soup used to be a very inexpensive meal for many people until word got out, and now Pho has doubled in price over the last several years with prices of $10 or more.

Food Trucks

Food truck prices are no longer as cheap as they used to be. Today, food trucks are a “thing” in the United States and worldwide, with people lining up to eat at them. With some food trucks, you’ll pay as much for a burger as you would in a traditional sit-down restaurant.

Fish and Chips

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It’s a simple dish served at many restaurants, for good reason. “It’s a hunk of white fish with a potato for a side. Minimal seasoning, fried in whatever oil you have around and served on a piece of yesterday’s newspaper. Twenty years ago it cost $5, now it costs $25,” said one person on an online forum.

Avocado Toast

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Avocado toast used to be what many low-income people could afford. Avocado is high in calories, making it a good “bang for your buck.” Avocados are no longer as cheap as they used to be, but you can still find deals from time to time.

Chicken Wings

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If bought frozen, chicken wings can be an inexpensive meal. But “wing joints” are far from cheap, costing many times as much as a regular meal at a restaurant.


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Quinoa was a go-to source of inexpensive protein, but not so much anymore. Many times, manufacturers mix rice in with quinoa as a cost-saving measure.

Pork Belly

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While delicious, pork belly has become quite costly in many areas worldwide. “Use to be scrap basically, now it’s glorified and more expensive than gold,” one person said.


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Oxtail used to be cheap, but it is no longer. One Reddit user said, “Saddest day of my life when the rich people found out about oxtails. My husband makes glazed oxtails so good they’ve made grown folks weep, and now, they can only be a special occasion food.”