Many people give fast food a bad rep, especially when they are considering fast food versus home cooked meals, but what is the reason of this? What makes fast food so unhealthy? Let’s take a closer look at this to figure out the problem.
In recent years, the amount of people eating home cooked meals has decreased. More and more people are eating fast food more, and home meals less. Just take a drive through your city and note all the fast food places that have emerged within even 10 years. There is a huge market for this, and Americans are only fueling that market with their eating habits. Could this be the reason for America’s growing obesity rates?
This is because food that is prepared in the home is a lot healthier. A home cooked meal will generally have fewer calories and fat contents than a meal at a fast food joint. Eating at home has been linked to a barrage of different health benefits including, consuming less calories, carbs, sugars, and fats. It has also been linked to eating more iron, fiber, and calcium.
Another benefit to home cooked meals is that you have get to know exactly what is being placed in the foods that you are eating. When you go out to eat you just order something off of a menu and you have no idea what went into that preparation or what exactly is in what you are eating. It could be packed full of preservatives and you wouldn’t even know it. Cooking your own meals allows you to use whatever you want and in the end gives you more freedom.
One advantage of fast food however is the simplicity of it. To cook at home means to take the time to make everything, when if you are in a hurry you could just rush to the nearest burger joint and get a quick bite to eat. But all of this does come at a cost, not only to your health, but also to your wallet. Cooking at home is a healthier option, but it will also save you money. One meal eating out can cost anywhere from $5-15 per person generally speaking. Compare that to about $10 a day that eating at home could cost. The choice seems clear.
One common problem with making home cooked meals is that some people just don’t know how to cook, or they don’t know what to cook. This has a simple resolution that only involves a little looking around. There are a lot of free resources that you can use to find easy recipes. The internet is a great source to find all sorts of delicious new meals to make at home. You can even find recipes that you can make in the time that it would take to run to the fast food joint and back.
If you are looking into changing your dietary habits and want to reduce the amount of times you eat out, then great for you. You are taking the necessary steps to a healthier lifestyle.