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People have long sought out pre-prepared foods with a long shelf-life; for example, Indigenous North Americans created pemmican, a mix of dried meat, tallow and berries, which settlers later found useful for long voyages and military expeditions. Quick eats looked pretty different by the 1990s, when millions of people were replacing meals with SlimFast drinks in hopes of quickly losing weight.
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Eliminating that fundamental variety-seeking that we have is not a good thing.
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