Food In Americ The Importance Of Fast Food

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In today 's society, fast food has become a standard fixture on every street

corner to satiate our growing appetite. McDonald 's, Burger Kings and many

other chains have become a powerful force in the nation as more people munch

on their globally popular product. Food in general is vital to the survival of every

human yet eating has become an inconvenience. It 's no wonder that the need

for a fast, cheap genre of food quickly emerged as lunch breaks dwindled and

households lacked the time to prepare a proper lunch the day before. Since the

introduction of a faster and cheaper genre of cuisine to fill the growing need,

people have fallen in love. Unlike restaurants, fast food produces a far cheaper

product that is both more
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has always been a cheap alternative to healthy, or home cooked meals. Three

to six dollars will purchase an entire filling meal from a fast food location, while

six dollars would barely allow a person to purchase even five bananas. As

inflation continues to affect food prices, particularly healthy foods, more people

will consume fast food, just in order to survive. In 1950 two pounds of bananas

were only twenty-seven cents, ("1950 's Food and Groceries prices") while a

cheeseburger, a coke, and an order of fries cost thirty-nine cents. ("PHOTO -

The Original McDonald 's Menu with Prices of the food back in the 50 's"). Now, a

pound of Bananas can cost around three dollars-and bananas don 't fill a person

can 't live off them, and a full, filling meal at McDonalds costs around four or five

dollars per person.

Thanks to societies increased in the speed of day to day life, time is now

considered money. What used to be called a "Lunch break" and could be

between a half hour, and up to two hours has been reduced-especially in
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restaurants are good alternatives to fill in those little lunch breaks. In ten minutes

a person can get off work, find a fast food restaurant near by, go in, order their

food and be out. They can eat it on the drive or walk back to work, and be back

at their desk before the fifteen minute break is over. It isn 't even difficult to find

these restaurants as they are found in many, many locations.

In addition to the need for cost, and convenience, fast food has actually

become and addiction for many people. Fast food contains sugars and many addictive chemicals. Sugars are addictive substances to the human mind, and

most fast food has copious amounts of sugar in it. This has been backed up by

the UNSW Australia School of Medical studies "Eating Junk food seems to

change the response to signals that are associated with food reward" Professor

Margaret Morris "UNSW Australia’s School of Medical Sciences and a study ").

Take McDonalds for example, before cooking their french fries they are

caramelized in order to achieve their golden-brown color. At Burger King a

medium milk vanilla milk shake contains a whopping 46.33 grams of extra

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