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roux42 Apr 25, 2009 07:05 PM

Another interesting article... The readers comments are somewhat insightful!

http://www.nypost.com/seven/04222009/...

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    small h Apr 26, 2009 06:49 AM

    Oh, New York Post. You are nothing if not consistent. I thought that piece was satire at first, and then I remembered what paper I was reading.

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      Sal Vanilla Apr 26, 2009 09:41 AM

      Thank you for that. I am so tired of those people. The comments were. indeed, insightful.

      I am particularly fond of Shannon Perry's. LOL Both of them.

      1. NYchowcook Apr 26, 2009 01:08 PM

        <the economy drives people to fast-food dollar meals>

        To the contrary: Buy a couple pieces of local/free-range humanely raised chicken, cook w/ lots of brown rice and carrots. Voila! Food for 4 for $1 each. Or sub tofu if you scorn meat from animals that were humanely raised. Perhaps $1.50 if you buy some vegetables or make a salad.

        Fast food is making Americans sick. There are no nutrients.

        We should take a clue from poorer countries where industrial cheap meat is not the norm, and the cuisine is protein in moderation.

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          small h Apr 26, 2009 01:35 PM

          Alright, I admire your spirit, but these wild tales aren't helping your case.

          There's no way in hell you can feed four people "local/free-range humanely raised chicken" for $1 each. Organic chicken is $3.99/lb at Fresh Direct - that's 1/4 lb per person, which is pretty skimpy, and you haven't even started shopping for "lots of brown rice ($2.25/lb) and carrots ($1.49/lb)." But maybe your idea of portion size is vastly different than mine.

          And there are "no nutrients" in fast food? The nutrients don't magically fall out of food just because the food is prepared by a corporation. A potato doesn't care if it's you or McDonald's doing the frying.

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            NYchowcook Apr 26, 2009 01:47 PM

            They're not "wild tales" -- nutritionists will tell you it's healthier to eat a small (4 oz) piece of protein with grains and vegetables filling most of the plate. Americans are accustomed to a whopping piece of meat. It's not healthy, and it's only cheap because of industrial inhumane factory farming of animals.

            You get a large portion of brown rice for very little; one cup dry makes 2-1/2 cups cooked. I don't pay that much for brown rice; you use a few carrots.

            What's in a fast food chicken sandwich? -- chicken, white bread. There's nothing green, and zero fiber.

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              small h Apr 26, 2009 01:52 PM

              I'm not arguing the point that it's a good idea to eat more whole grains and less protein - I agree, and I do it myself. But we both know that you're exaggerating for effect. Just because something has "nothing green, and zero fiber" doesn't mean it's value-less as a food source. Otherwise all those fast food junkies wouldn't just be fat - they'd be dead.

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                Kajikit Apr 29, 2009 08:45 PM

                Your healthy 4oz portion of chicken does NOT include the weight of the bones and the skin and the fat... unless you're starting with a pound of skinless chicken breast, it's going to take at least twice that to feed four people, which raises the cost considerably.

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