Is Fast Food Really Cheaper Than Healthy Food?
March 5, 2014
What about the actual costs of fast food? Though fast food may seem inexpensive, those Value Menu items add up and actually cost more than real, ALIVE food. In Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser outlines just how much money is being spent on convenience:
In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000, they spent more than $110 billion. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music—combined.
While a common perception is that eating healthy is costly, what most people don’t calculate is the expense of convenience. When individuals and families are looking to implement eating and supplementing plans, they often discover that the biggest portion of their food budget goes toward fast food, dining out, and Starbucks.
Convenience food options are addicting and can actually undermine personal confidence in being able to prepare food on your own. Believe it or not, it’s actually cheaper to plan ahead and eat at home. It does take some work, but the results are worth the effort!
Financial cost is not the only expense of convenience; your health may also pay a high price if you survive off a steady diet of fast food.
This was an excerpt from our newly released book, 5 ALIVE: A Simple Nutrition Plan to Help You Stop Surviving & Start Living. If you are tired of fad diets, plans that leave you feeling condemned or overwhelmed, or want to lose 8 lbs. in the next 30 days, check out the plan here.