Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

If you follow the “junk food debates” — in other words, why do people continue to eat so much junk food instead of cooking healthy meals for themselves? — you’ll often see the argument that junk food is cheaper. These days, especially, cheap is king. Mark Bittman recently argued that cooking at home was cheaper than buying junk food, but as the post linked above points out, he forgets to take into account the cost of labor. Labor counts for a lot.

If we want to encourage people to cook for themselves, we need to show them that cooking can be easy and fun. It took me a long time to learn that. I think the message should be that you can cook a yummy and healthy meal in less than 30 minutes, that it’s okay to try new things in the kitchen, and it’s definitely okay to mess up every now and again (and get a pizza on those nights).


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2 thoughts on “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

  1. Don’t buy it, cook it! | Blog, by Shannon 11 October 2011 at 3:21 pm

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  2. rauberphotoworks2010 14 November 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I believe it was Mark who said… As long as it takes to make a phone call and have a pizza delivered, a meal can be prepared cheaper than the pizza. Or was that Rebecca Lang. Hmmm, I read too many cookbooks. Jamie Oliver did prove that it was cheaper to eat in than at McDonald’s. The key to all of this is organization. People in general are not organized. Good post.

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