go look at old pot roast or brisket recipes, say from the 50's and 60's.
now look at newer ones.
the older ones probably have: beef, salt + pepper, onions and some water.
the new ones: beef + 30 other things.
Why is this? People developing little kiddie tastes (everything must be sweet)? The proliferation of the crockpot creating washed out tasting meat that needs the extra things to cover for ruining the beef? Or cheapskate ranchers feeding cows junk and selling tasteless meat?