What is you and your family’s your relationship to fast food? Do you eat it regularly? Do you never touch the stuff?
Fast food is about as American as baseball and (McDonald’s) apple pie. In fact, according to a new study, Americans get a whopping 11% of their calories from burgers, fries and 1,000 calorie taco salads. The research, released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asked participants whether they had eaten any fast food or pizza in the past 24 hours.
The study points to some interesting demographic differences: for one, the older you get, the less likely you are to eat fast food. Ah, the wisdom that comes with age. Younger Americans tend to eat fewer calories from fast food as their income rises — however, income has no correlation to fast food consumption among the over 40 set. Unsurprisingly, obese people eat the most fast food on average.
As shocking as this percentage is, though, it’s not the worst news in the world – this actually is a decrease from previous years. Between 2003 and 2006, Americans ate nearly 13% of their calories at fast food establishments. The 1990s saw a significant surge in fast food consumption – -and this surge is finally beginning to lose its steam. All we can do is hope that, the next time this data comes around, the percentage will drop even more! That, in addition to making healthier eating choices and steering our children away from fast food, of course!
I hardly ever eat "fast food", but those advertisements sure are tempting! Currently, I'm trying to eat more "Mediterrean".
There were periods in my life when I ate a lot of fast food, because I was poor and it was much cheaper than eating healthy. Now I'm in a much better financial situation, and I rarely ever touch the stuff. When I do, I notice that my body wants for it to be expelled as quickly as possible ... if you catch my drift. It's like my intestines open up a shortcut to my colon. =^(
I almost never eat fast foods for three reasons. I know it's not healthy, my budget can't afford it, and I'm wary of how clean the people are that prepare it.
It's easy for me to abstain because my parents could'nt afford to do it very often, so I never got in the habit.
Just about the only exception is Pizza Hut's Crispy Crust Garlic Chicken Pizza. Delicious! But I only buy one of those every couple of years. $10 just hurts my frugal brain too much!
I went to the grocery store a couple days ago, and a head of iceberg lettuce was $2.49, the cheapest apple I could find was $2.99/lb, and english muffins were on sale for $2.99 (for a six pack.) I can barely afford to eat healthy. The McD's dollar menu is not only convenient and fast, but it is affordable. Disgusting and unhealthy, but fast and affordable.
Yes, Future, the price of most foods at the grocery store hurts me a lot also, so I tend to eat a lot of inexpensive food, like beans and split peas.
I like split pea soup and the dried peas were only 33 cents per pound until a few months ago, when they jumped to 67 cents. But, even at that price, they still make a lot of soup for a little cost.
Luckily, I like chicken nearly as much as pork and better than beef, so most of the meat I eat is chicken at 99 cents/lb.
Then, I grow as much of my own food as possible on my small property, and keep looking for a cheap acre or two to move to where I can grow much more. If I make it there, I plan on growing lots of fruit & veggies, as well as rabbits and fish.
Oh boy, I may never eat a Pizza Hut pizza again, thinking of that special sauce.
From what little experience I've had eating at fast-food places, it seems the food from the same name joint can taste completely different from place to place.
There is one Pizza Hut in town that I ordered my favorite pizza from, and it tasted mediocre. I loved the food in a california Taco Bell I went to, but the one here has tasteless food.
Oh wow Pat - I certainly won't want to eat out after that story.
My cheap go to breakfast is Dannon yogurt that I put chopped up celery in. May sound weird, but it actually goes well together with all flavors and it's cheap and healthy. 80 calories, 0 fat, and about 60 cents per serving.
I wrote that down to remind me to try it.
I get my fast food at the supermarket, like fruit etc.
Yeah, grease and sugar and salt are very cheap ... the healthy foods mostly have low calorie density.
I live in Japan, so you can imagine the food costs here. At the moment, the JPY is about 93 to 1 USD. Think of yen as pennies and it's easier to do the math.
Typically, an apple will cost anywhere from 98 yen to 300 yen, depending on size and place of purchase. I recently found a market near my school where I could buy a box of apples for 940 yen! I was ecstatic! That was 19 apples, which I divided up (along with cost) with a friend of mine here in town. I eat an apple for breakfast everyday, so you can imagine my glee.
Buying a hand-basket's worth of veggies and fruits can cost me anywhere from 1000 yen at the cheapest, to 3500 yen. Again, it depends on the bargains and where I shop. If I want cilantro, for instance, I can buy it for 128 yen, getting a few small sprigs in a plastic baggie (versus the bunches that are available back home in the states... *sigh* No pico de gallo here... not how I like it).
Meat, when I bought it, was usually around 250 yen for a small pack (1/2 lb?) of what I call "bork." It's mixed beef and pork... Finding ground beef can be somewhat difficult at times. Getting about a 1lb of beef was around 500, give or take. Chicken prices were slightly less... Fish prices are usually the best, of the meats, but I live in an island nation, so that's not too shocking.
Eating out depends, as well. If I go for katsudon or the like, there's a really cheap place near the college that costs 650 yen. That's the best deal I've seen. Still, you are given a bunch of rice and fried things--not good for eating healthy. Oh well! Most midrange places cost about 1200 or so. When I go to curry, it's usually 1300 at the cheapest, or if I'm going fancy, around 2000.
As for the fast food places, they cost roughly 650-800 depending on what you get. McD's is about 750, if you upsize a big mac combo. The 100 yen menu has things like 4 chicken nuggets, a simple hamburger, or a small fry. They also have something called shakka-shakka chicken which is pretty yummy, but not healthy by any means. KFC is EXPENSIVE... I couldn't tell you their prices. I think I've eaten there twice in my four years of living here, and the last time was because friends wanted to meet there. (And their biscuits have HOLES in them and aren't browned! WTF?)
Anyway, if you compare the prices... the veggies and fruits I usually buy about 3x a week... It might even out, but I think it comes out to being a little cheaper. Sure, I have to put in more effort, but I can feel the difference and see it in my improving numbers. You can afford to eat well, if you look for the bargains...
Also... BEANS. Beans rock and are affordable. Eat more beans. :>