Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?
The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
- that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
- the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
- also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
- that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
- same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
- there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
- you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
- seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
- eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
- there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.
I’ve talked to death about this problem and I don’t have much to add to the above, except that I just honestly feel that you have had to have never lived outside your parents house to make a “health food is cheaper!” argument. I don’t understand AT ALL how you can make that argument if you have ever tried setting up a home and cooking for yourself. Pots, pans, a good knife, oil, salt, a spice or two. That’s just the basics you have to buy to set yourself up. Then you have to stock up on starches, rice , pasta, potatoes. Then you buy food and you have to cook the food you buy before it spoils, otherwise it barely ends up being cheaper. Can’t afford to miss cooking even one meal before the food spoils or the cost differential doesn’t exist. And the huge amount of money you spent on buying ingredients in bulk (have you ever tried buying enough groceries for just one meal? Its impossible!) and setting up kitchen is already weighing on you, in addition you have to take time from your extremely taxing work day to cook, and it’s the same thing over and over till you have to stock up again…oh and don’t forget to spend on tupperware and zip lock if you’re saving up the food for later!
I firmly believe everyone should eat a nutritious, healthy, balanced diet. But they’re barred structurally from doing so, and that’s the failure of the system, not of the people.
Its cooking these kind of meals for yourself that make you feel like an adult. Garlic chicken with charred potatoes and beans, served with white wine, a book, and a lovely view <3
- i got out of bed
- THIS FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE CARROT GINGER JUICE AT THIS ORGANIC CAFE IS THE BEST THING EVER
- don’t…succumb to the cravings you had late at night in the wee hours of the afternoon, okay? mexican food sounded ace last night. this bean burrito is heavy and gross in the mornings.
i mean. it’s fine. everything is under control here. i’m sitting in my mario ballotelli jersey and with no pants on in the living room drinking coffee for the past two hours instead of you know TAKING A SHOWER and WEARING PANTS and GETTING FOOD and STUDYING FOR THE GRE and APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL but, you know, we’re fine. i keep pausing infront of the mirror on the way between me and my coffee refills and checking out my underwear because it’s aerie and really cute. my ass is still flat though. we’re fine.
people who are unapologetically kind and soft and good at their very core are like………so important to me. the era of broody white man antiheroes is over, give me someone who braids flowers into their hair and cooks breakfast for their mom every morning
nothing feels better than winning monopoly. not love. not sex. not free pizza. nothing
I’m sorry, have you tried pizza…?
yes and it doesn’t compare to owning half the board and watching the light die from your friends eyes as you take their money and feel your friendship slowly deteriorate
i like you
Ella is the WORST at monopoly we nearly broke up over it.
#she wouldnt sell me andy carroll
DO YOU GUYS PLAY FOOTBALL MONOPOLY TOO
I bought West Ham Monopoly, we played it once. Despite the near breakdown of my friendship with Ella, which ended in my shouting at her and calling her a capitalist pig, it was worth it for the moment I got to spend my hard earned paper money and buy Vaz Te.
Here is the moment it all fell apart for Ella.
hhehehehhe this is all delightful to me
i just realized that fucking ross geller got tenure in the field of paleontology at, like, age 30? and must’ve been hired at that tenure track position in his mid-20s? how was he so young? how old was he when he got his PhD? did he just… get a job after graduating without even doing a postdoc? is this what the 90s were like? fuck the 90s. fuck ross geller. fuck the way rachel got that coffee shop job with no experience