OPINION: Healthy food should not cost more than fast food

By Susan Lorenzana

As young people, we crave delicious food without knowing the effects.

Being a healthy eater is not easy.

Doctors say we should eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and various meats.

Eating fast food can lead to health complications. “Over 60 percent of American adults, as well as 27 percent of young Canadians aged between 2 and 17, meet the criteria for being overweight or obese,” according to Reader’s Digest.

It’s no mystery that one of the major factors behind these numbers is the increase of fast food diets. ELAC student and Jack in the Box employee Olivia Ramirez says that she eats fast food often because she does not have time to cook.

When she’s at work, she can’t help but eat from there because she is on the go. “My mom spends about $200 a week for groceries,” Olivia says. Parents feel they can save precious time and money at a drive-thru.

Low income families believe that  using coupons would be convenient because they do not have time to cook a homemade meal.

The first mistake they make is skipping the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

When people have to wake up early to go to work or school, they do not have the time to wake up extra early to prepare a meal.

Instead, people rush to fast food restaurants.

People have to build a certain routine to get up early and cook a healthy dish. Last week Jack in the Box released coupons.

“These coupons will attract consumers into buying more and eating out more,” Ramirez.

Fast food should be more expensive than healthy food. The only way people will be healthy is if healthy food is affordable.

When people go to a fast food place like Carl’s Jr. , a small combo comes to be priced at $10.

At Jack In The Box, a Spicy Chicken Combo is $8 plus tax.

Jack also has a special of three tacos and a small drink for $3 plus tax.

This will attract consumers into buying more fast food.

If people continue eating fast food, they are more likely to diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or obesity.

There is also a con. If people do not go out to fast food places and either use coupons or pay original price, restaurants will go out of business and make no money.

On the other hand, there are places like HomeGoods and Fresh and Easy where organic food is overpriced.

Grocery stores sell one avocado for $1.

Low income families have to depend on weekly specials at Food 4 Less, Superior, Northgate and Lucky.

ELAC student Melanie De Santiago lives a healthy lifestyle and feels that buying healthy food will give you energy. “I feel that healthy food in general isn’t so expensive when you know how to prioritize what to buy and how to make healthy meals.”

It’s fast food restaurants that make healthier options more expensive by advertising much more food for a better “deal,” said De Santiago.

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