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Pros and Cons of Fast Food and Home Cooked Meals

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After a tough game, all a player desires is food, and preferably, fast food. An athlete does not want to wait two hours after playing to get home to eat. Food gives people energy and restores an athlete of his or her lost nutrients. Although athletes generally have a higher metabolism than most others, too much fast food overtime can be harmful to anyone’s body. Avoiding fast food is not always possible, so portioning meals can be helpful when fast food is the only option. This paper will not only discuss the pros and cons of eating fast food, but also the pros and cons of a home cooked meal and might even change a person’s mind.
We all know fast food may be faster and easier than a home cooked meal, but the consequences of eating too much could potentially damage a person’s life. The number one reason people choose fast food over a home cooked meal is because it is fast (Hitti). Many families in today’s society cannot find the time to sit down and have a meal at home. Children’s schedules become a parent’s priority, which take up countless hours of a week. There are also more and more young adults that do not know how to cook, which impacts how often he or she eats out. Another reason families eat out is because it is easy. A family can load up in a vehicle and be at the nearest Burger King in approximately thirty minutes compared to waiting an hour or longer for a home cooked meal. While going out is easier than cooking, fast food prices are rising like everything else in this economy. Even though the prices are continually rising, fast food meals are typically enough to fill a person up. Fast food is sustaining food, which may make a person wonder what is actually in it. “Food-borne illnesses caused by bacter...

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...ed food, because these will have a negative effect of your health” (Pritchard). The negatives are more noticeable for a fast food meal and the positives are more noticeable for a home cooked meal. Children are better benefitted from home cooked meals and get the nutrition needed for a healthy life.

Works Cited

Roizman, Tracey. “The Advantages of a Home Cooked Meal.” healthyeating.sfgate.com. Hearst Communications Inc, 2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.
Pritchard, Joseph. “Homecooked Meals Vs. Fast Food Meals.” livestrong.com. Demand Media, Inc, 2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.
Nelson, Jennifer K., and Katherine Zeratsky. “Nutrition and Healthy Eating.” mayoclinic.org. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 1998-2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.
Hitti, Miranda. “Top 11 Reasons for Fast Food’s Popularity.” webmd.com. WebMD, LLC, 2005-2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.
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