Would you like deforestation with that?

Fast Food Ahhh! Fast food. So, salty, so sweet, so bad for the environment (not to mention our waistlines).

Does the thought of crispy, salty, warm fries have you craving a little fast food?

It may be too late for your children, but save yourselves! Just kidding, you should save your children too. TV advertising is so persuasive that children like food in fast-food wrappers (especially McDonalds) better than food in a plain wrappers, or *shutter* no wrappers. Talk about a hard habit to break. Never mind that the food processing industry tries to produce food that is addictive – yup, you read that right. And, why not? It’s their business to sell more.

It’s a Win-Win
If your car tends to drift toward the drive-thru window, here are a few reasons to kick the fast-food habit:

Kick the fast-food habit to lose weight and help the environment. It’s a win-win.

NOTE: The Deck IS Stacked Against You
It’s a wonder we’re all not fast food junkies. No, seriously.

Michael Moss just wrote an article for the NY Times Magazine The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food (adapted from his book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us)  explains how process food companies have made food into a form of crack. And, some food will make you feel hungrier, so you eat more. Wake up! The food business is just that. A business. Yes, they provide a service, but nothing says they have your best interests at heart. Money first, customer second.

In another article, Michael Moss rounds out the picture by saying as a culture we’ve gotten a little too used to convenience and “lost not just the will but also the knowledge to make [home cooked food]. One reason that we eat processed foods is the decline of home economics.”

So, there you have it. As a culture we’re addicted to salt, sugar, fat, convenience and we’ve forgotten how to cook. Great.

Well, thankfully, learning how to cook isn’t that hard (OK, a little hard, but far from impossible).

Tools to Kick the Fast-Food Habit

See you in the vegetable aisle of the grocery store – or better yet, the farmers’ market. Spring is right around the corner!


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