image source: Mrs Bluesky
Browse through any cookbook or women's interest magazine from the 1950's and you will get bombarded by meat. Every recipe reads like this: Braise 10 pounds of pork roast with a teaspoon of gelatin, garnish with a sprig of broccolli.... and, presto, you're done! The four food groups of the 50's were: pork, beef, poultry and Spam.
Fact: Most people on planet Earth have a staple food of either rice, wheat, maize (corn), millet, or tubers (potatoes).
Fact: In the 1950's, the American staple food was bacon.
I'm guessing they thought fruits and vegetables were for Commies, because there was precious little in their recipes. Usually they served simply as ornaments, meant to be looked at but never, NEVER, eaten. Other than meat, it was acceptable to consume large quantities of gelatin (fittingly, an animal by product).
Let's take a brief stroll throught the Meat Decade, shall we?