Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

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Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? I have experienced all of the fast food restaurants there are and I have noticed that throughout the past few years, there has been one thing that has changed drastically. Often sports teams may stop at MacDonald’s or Burger King on the way home from a sporting event, which is quite ironic, but it’s quick and easy and cheap—or so people may think. In, “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?” Mark Bittman, claims that healthy food is actually cheaper than fast food. To help support his claim, Bittman uses many different rhetorical devices in his article. He begins his article by giving the reader a few statistics about the cost of fast food nowadays at major restaurants such as MacDonald’s. “Two Big Macs, a cheeseburger, six chicken McNuggets, two medium and two small fries, and two medium and two small sodas — costs, at the McDonald’s a hundred steps from where I write, about $28. You can serve a roasted chicken with vegetables along with a simple salad and milk for about $14, and feed four or even six people,” (Bittman 1). He continues by saying that people also may say that fast food is cheaper when measured by the calorie but when half of the people in this country consume too many calories rather than too few, measuring food’s cost by the calorie makes no sense. Bittman clearly states that the cost of fast foods aren’t as cheap as we have all tricked ourselves into thinking and that the obvious choice should be home cooked meals. As well as using hard evidence, Bittman also manages to convince his readers of his credibility because of his background and knowledge of food. Appearing on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR’s All Things Considered and the author of three books relating to food, Bittman is multifaceted (Beyond Print 1). Bittman makes it clear a few times during the article that he likes to make home cooked meals and

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