Friday, May 25, 2012
A Very Serious Topic, Fast Food versus Home Cooked Meals
This blog post is a far cry from what I usually post, but I feel it is a very serious subject that is open for debate. So feel free to write your comments and share your views on this subject.
Fast Food versus Home-Cooked Meals
Fast food's Nutritional Comparison to Home-cooked Meals
Are you tried at the end of your workday? Does that make you feel like going home to cook? Four out of every ten working Americans don't cook at home three or more times a week. In turn, they pick up fast food, come home, set up the dinner plates, and say, "Okay everyone, dinners ready!". Some believe that there is nothing wrong with children eating fast food frequently, since it contains all the necessary food groups in it. Still, there are others that say children should not consume such a vast amount of fast food for this consumption can lead to many horrible health related issues; the main issue is obesity. They go on to say that there is a more healthy approach and that is feeding your family, especially you kids, home cooked meals because parents who prepare nutritionally balanced home cooked meals provide more beneficial nutrition, versus those who allow the frequent consumption of fast food. So is eating fast food, in its self, wrong or right for children?
The children's food guide pyramid, for ages two through six years of age, says that a child should get two servings of dairy, two servings of meat, two servings of fruit, three servings of vegetables, and six servings of bread. One serving is about the size of a six year old’s inner palm. (Ashworth, 2005). A typical cheeseburger from McDonald's accounts for each food group: the lettuce is the vegetable, the tomato is the fruit, the cheese is the dairy, the bun is the bread, and the burger patty is the meat. Aside from this, the French fries act as the stapling vegetable. So an all-together happy meal is figuratively a good source of nutritional value if one wants to supply their child with all the food groups in one shot. It's fast, easy, and effective! One couldn't ask for anything more!
These days, most people prefer fast food rather than home-made food. People are alike in needing food in order to survive, but they differ in choosing the kind of food they're having. Fast food and home-made food have considerable dissimilarities in preparation time, convenience, and quality.
Nowadays, fast food attracts people more than home-made food does. It's known as the food that you don't have to prepare. Fast food is more common because people are always busy, and in a hurry, so they head towards fast food restaurants to save their time. For example, if a worker works for a long time and doesn't have enough time to cook a meal, (he/she) will definitely consume a fast food meal. Fast food is also common because it's convenient and people can find fast food restaurants in all places. Most fast food restaurants are generally bad for people's health, because bad quality of ingredients is used. For instance, most of the fast food restaurants consume the cheapest kind of chicken, which may be a potential risk to people's health.
On the other hand, home-made food has less attraction than fast food. A reason for this is that home-made food needs lots of time until it gets ready. For instance, people should wait for several hours in order to have a ready home-made meal. Another reason is that home-made food is less convenient than fast food. For example, you may not find all the ingredients you need in one grocery, yet you have to look in several groceries until you find all the ingredients. Home-made food is much healthier than fast food, and therefore, people will enjoy eating their meals without thinking of health problems.
In conclusion, both fast food and home-made food have significant divergence in preparation time, convenience and quality. Fast food might be better in saving time and being more convenient, while home-made food might be better in quality.