Monday, September 26, 2011

Is JUNK FOOD Really Cheaper Than Healthy Food?

Is junk food really cheaper, or is that just the excuse that Americans are giving to get away with eating it?! Yesterday, Mark Bitman, renowned NY Times food writer and author, wrote an Op Ed in the NY Times discussing the obesity epidemic in America and the junk food excuse that many Americans use to explain their obesity.

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According to Bitman's calculations, a typical junk food dinner from Mickey D's for a family of four costs about $28, (that includes: 2 BIG Macs, a cheeseburger, 6 chicken McNuggets, 2 medium and 2 small fries and 2 medium and 2 small sodas). On the other hand, a roasted chicken, veggies, a salad and milk costs about $14 and feeds four to six people. Take that junk food proponents!

I know that the appeal of a quick bite to eat after a long day at work makes a meal from your local fast food joint, but with a little bit of planning, one can choose to "drive to Safeway" instead.

What's your favorite type of "junk food?" (mine is a cheeseburger with sautéed onions...)

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP