Nowadays there are a lot of different cousins, and it is also not a secret that everyone can order it sitting at home. I would like to discuss about the loveliest food of young generation - fast food. So let me start with the good characteristics of this food and further we will see it from all the sights. For the first it delicious and of course fast - you need not waste a time for cooking. Because of it a lot of people think, that it is a perfect way to give up cooking, but we must not forget, that fast food also can harm our health, dew to it high food concentrate which has a lot of harmful additions. As for me, I sometimes eat fast food, but I try to give up eating such products as Coca-cola, crisps and hamburgers. I would not deny and say such words, that I will never eat fast-food, because I am a student and I lead active life and unfortunately sometimes I just even have to eat it, because it helps me not to waste a lot of time and it is not so expensive. Of course, I think about the bad sides of fast-food, but what can I do if the forbidden things are delicious. There is no such thing as a "bad" food. All foods can fit into a healthy meal plan. It's true that fast food is usually high in fat, calories, cholesterol, and sodium, but eating fast food every once in a while is not going to cause you problems. If you eat too much fast food over a long period of time, though, it can lead to health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.
To sum up all things which were given higher, I can only add that all people should make their own decisions and choose which of two ways they prefer the best: to eat fast-food or do not.
Remember: Try to balance fast food with other nutritious foods throughout the day and make healthier choices whenever possible. There are many healthy food choices that are easily available, tasty, and don't cost very much that can be eaten on the go.
Biased Essay on Bittmans article of fast food places
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“The smart campaign is not to get McDonald’s to serve better food but to get people to see cooking as a joy rather than a burden, …” (pg 663). This reference that the author makes is the main goal of his article, trying to convince the audience that eating out is not a lifestyle but a choice. As his main topic being that of the subject of the different foods that people eat whether they be healthy or unhealthy that consumers need to make or be able to indicate what their choices will do to them. From different fast-food restaurants to buying food from local farms the prices vary as supply and demand is at high, with quantity and quality are at a standstill with consumers. As an article trying to convince people to eat food grown locally rather than out on the go, the article must have significant ideals that will persuade the audience to go to change their point of views on how themselves eat.
Bittmans argument of whether it’s better to eat out or eat at home, he relays the message that “The fact is that most people can afford food.” (pg 661). As that sentence gives the reader thought that the author was giving a perspicacity quote as to relate to them saying that he knows that they can go a different way of consuming foods that is of better quality for themselves. Where his facts have become the bases of his argument as to using facts as leeway on the analysis of food productions and consumption by the consumers. Other analysis for Bittmans argument is on page 662 where he exclaims how businesses are everywhere; “The ubiquity, convenience and habit-forming appeal of hyper-processed foods have largely drowned out the alternatives: there are five fast-food restaurants for every supermarket in the United States; in recent decades the adjusted for inflation price of fresh produce has increased by 40 percent while the price of soda and processed food has decreased by as much as 30 percent; and nearly inconceivable resources go into encouraging consumption in restaurants: fast-food companies spent $4.2 billion on marketing in 2009.” (pg. 662). One of the first words he uses in this sentence is ubiquity which is means to be everywhere, that flows along with convenience which means anything that “saves” or “simplifies work” as he uses those words to correspond with “habit-forming” to incorporate those words with his argument he is suggesting to the audience that these businesses/restaurants are influencing them to think in a more appealing way of their food since they are “everywhere”. To make it more tempting to go out and eat there as he says “there are five fast-food restaurants for every supermarket in the United States” as to make the audience recall all the food joints in their area and makes them feel more involved in this as all the restaurants are impacting their surroundings and life choices. With the next fact that was included with the argument where the price of fresh produce has increased, he is trying to incorporate that businesses are lowering their costs of quality and making up more of their profits with quantity as the fresh produce is costing more. As to get the audience to feel like they are being forced to lean to the one side of the market business where they try to buy cheaper products. Though cheaper products may be better for people who have bigger families to feed and may not have enough money to buy the good foods for them. And with Bittmans last fact in this sentence he says how fast-food companies spent $4.2 billion dollars on marketing in 2009. This fact he tries to influence the audience by saying that businesses use their money to try to influence people to consume their products by having a mental image of food in their head, to make them crave the restaurants food when they are going out. Though pictures have been known to influence people more than words.
“A picture is worth a thousand words” or thoughts as to what the reader is thinking about. As to what was done in Bittman’s article where another person had placed pictures into his article to relate to what he is talking about and to connect with the audience. As the photo on page 661 shows off a McDonalds sign that displays their “20 McNuggets for $4.99 DRIVE THRU OPEN 24 HOURS” sign below their Golden Arch. This relates to Bittman’s article where he was stating that people see cooking as a liability and would be much simpler to go to a Drive-Thru where they wouldn’t have to spend as much money as they would at a supermarket. With the picture also showing that McDonalds is open all night. Rather than the average supermarket that close from 9pm to 6am, people who work late would lean more to going to a place opened all night serving food rather than getting home and cooking for 20 minutes and then eating, as discussed in Bittman’s article. Just as the photo helps his argument on when people eat, there is another picture where it describes the financial and health of the different foods that people eat.
A picture on the comparison shopping and nutritional values was added to Bittman’s article where he is discussing how mankind needs to go back to the olden days. As in the picture that shows the calories and cost of 3 different meals and as the price went down so did the fat and carbs and calories (as shown in picture). The reference this makes to the article helps support his claim as to the idea of revolutionizing how food is made is bad and that will be the opposite of progress as the quantity of food that is made the quality of it is on the decline and his idea of going back to the olden days where people “roasting a chicken, making a grilled cheese sandwich, scrambling an egg, tossing a salad - must become popular again, …” (pg. 663). The photo also shows that the least expensive dish on there was Pinto Beans and Rice for Four costing around $9.26 with only 15 grams of fat with 26 grams of protein rather than the McDonalds for 4 with a dish costing of $27.89 with 37 grams of fat with 23 grams of protein. This photo helps to show as an example for the audience as the read about what Bittman is talking about in his article. As he stated “The People’s Grocery in Oakland secures affordable groceries for low-income people. Zoning laws in Las Angeles restrict the number of fast food restaurants in high-obesity neighborhood” (page 663), this statement becomes clearer to the audience as they can relate these facts to the photo showing the price difference of food. Though the images don’t represent everything that he is speaking about, for the images help the audience have a clearer mind as to why these claims are being made.
In Bittmans article he talks about how people who are poor can afford better and healthier food for themselves and their families. As to what Bittman states that buying food from the fast-food joints are more expensive than buying food from the local grocery store. As do the people who think that cooking food is a waste of time Bittman exclaims that by buying more fast-food will be proven to get you addicted to their products more often than not. With the all the claims that are being made the pictures are there supporting his evidence throughout the article. So does a picture speak a thousand words or ten thousand words.
Fast Food Advantages And Disadvantages
Food that can be prepared quickly is referred to as “fast food”. This type of food can suit people who are hard working and in a rush. In fact fast food can be a life saver for many families who are living in a city and working hard all day. Still there are many who argue against fast food because of its disadvantages.
One of the biggest advantages of fast food is that it is just that: fast. It saves time because of how quickly it is prepared. In today’s very fast moving world having a meal ready to eat the moment you are done with work and exhausted from the day is truly a blessing. Not everyone has the time to drive to the store to get the ingredients necessary and to prepare a thorough dinner. In these cases fast food can offer a pleasing alternative. In addition to the time that it saves it can also help save on costs. The cost is relatively inexpensive especially compared to buying fresh products at a grocery store and preparing it at home. There are some healthy options on a fast food menu such as lean meat or boiled potatoes rather than fried. There are also fruit juices and low fat milks available. Fast food restaurants more often than not display the nutritional information of their items so you always know what you are getting.
The disadvantages are that many fast food items are high in fat and sugar as well as oil and mayonnaise. They also come with heavy doses of salt and meat and cheese. This can have an adverse effect on a person’s health. Fast food may have higher amounts of salt and fat as well as artificial chemicals which makes it less healthy than a home cooked meal. Frying also destroys the essential ingredients that were once contained in the food items. There are often small amounts of fruits and vegetables in fast food items. Another disadvantage is the large portion sizes. Many sizes given at a fast food restaurant are larger than the average person needs and contain more calories than that person will burn. This is directly linked to the rise in obesity and in child obesity in particular. The excess of calories and fats is particularly harmful for those who have a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to higher heart related diseases as well as joint diseases.
Overall fast food is a modern invention that offers a solution for those who are exhausted at the end of a long day. Like most things there are advantages and disadvantages to both. There are health concerns but smart and healthier alternatives available too that can minimize the disadvantages.