“Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?”

Brown Rice Salad with Tomatoes and Peas

From the New York Times, September 24, 2011 edition, Mark Bittman author of How To Cook Everything writes:

“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.”

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Note: I just couldn’t bring myself to posting a photo of junk food…This is a photo of a Mark Bittman recipe: Brown Rice Salad with tomatoes and peas; inexpensive and easy to prepare.





  1. Glad you posted this article. There is no reason to be living off the dollar menu or a $0.99 bag of chips. It is affordable to cook a healthy, fresh, green meal for your family without costing a fortune. It all comes down to education and people’s wiliness to forgo the convenience of fast food for a little time in the kitchen. It pays off not only in bills but in overall health of your family.

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