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Cooking at Home Cheaper Than Macdonald’s?

October 5, 2011
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Which is cheaper: to feed a family of four at McDonald’s or cook a healthy meal for them at home?” The answer is cook at home.

The New York Times looked at the cost of three different meals: Macdonald’s, a home-cooked chicken dinner, and rice and beans.

Bill Marsh & Tony Cenicola The New York Times

It is less expensive to cook at home than to eat fast food.

The alternative to soda is water, and the alternative to junk food is anything other than junk food: rice, grains, pasta, beans, fresh vegetables, canned vegetables, frozen vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, bread or peanut butter. Almost anything cooked at home is better.

A study found that fast food is addictive.  The more fast food we eat, the more we need to give us pleasure. It is the same brain function that leads to drug addiction and obesity.

Food advocates say, the best idea is not to get McDonald’s to serve better food but to get people to see cooking as a joy rather than a burden, or at least as part of a normal life.

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