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  •  Half the problem with junk food (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    is that it is not filling, at least not in proportion to its calories.  Stuff like chips and fries and candy and muffins being the worst of the lot, greasy meats not quite so bad.  Not all junk food is a bargain, either, regardless of calories. But if the option at lunch time is 1200 or so calories worth of Big Mac, fries, and Coke for $7 vs 500 calories of home-cooked chicken, broccoli, spices, brown rice, olive oil, and a handful of grapes for $5.50 plus the time needed to cook it all (not to mention whatever goes bad before you eat it) -- well, guess which one presents the lower burden and makes more sense to the pocketbook of the mind?

    And of course a lot of poor people can't afford the fast food at all, so it's a stupid stereotype anyway.  Bacon is relatively cheap for its calories.  Oranges, sunflower seeds, and tuna steaks, not so much.  But you always have to eat again a few hours later, no matter how much or how little you've put down, so there's the trap.

    It's not rocket science, but people refuse to see it.

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