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Do you want health with those fries?

Is it cheaper to buy fast food or buy ingredients to make a meal? Many think it’s more expensive to buy ingredients and make a meal. Truthfully speaking the bigger expense is to buy fast food. For millions across the United States, the choice is blurred at times because families struggle to buy necessities like; a loaf of bread, milk and eggs on a regular basis. The easiest option is to buy a burger from a value menu when it’s advertised for a dollar.

The illusion around the thought process is simple. Marketing has managed to convince the consumer that you can buy your family a meal for under $15 a day rather than spend an average of $150 a week on groceries. Not to mention the ease of driving through the drive thru instead of slaving away in the kitchen. The illusion falls apart when you realize that the value menu is indeed just a dollar, however what happens when you add fries and pop to make it a meal? Tack on the health implications of consuming fast food on a regular basis and you have a hefty medical bill with no food in the fridge.

Before you consider your next meal think about this; a study showed that on average it costs the citizens $1.50 more each day to live and eat healthy. Consider that it takes roughly $6 to fill you up when you get fast food, and $7.50 to live a healthier lifestyle, and when you consider the lifelong impact of a healthier lifestyle, isn’t an extra $1.50 worth the self – investment?

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2 thoughts on “Do you want health with those fries?

  1. Totally agree with you. The more we cook and eat at home, the healthier we are. Even though we were poor when I was growing up, and often hungry, we always had home-cooked meals. Mom had to stretch them with water and bread, which was almost always white bread, and the cheapest she could get, but most of the food was what my parents grew in their garden and “put up” for the long winters. We couldn’t afford to eat out, not even at the 15-cent hamburger joint. We almost never went to the doctor. I saw one twice my entire childhood, with the exception of the doctor who birthed me at home. That makes three times. We were all healthy kids, are healthy adults, and have healthy adult children today. Good genes help, I’m sure, but we also ate very little junk, apart from that white bread. Thanks for sharing this important information.

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