Cooking Your Food Yourself vs. Commercial Fast Food

| 04/08/2014 | 2 Replies

In this video, Michael Pollan, author of the new book,Cooked: A Natural History of TransformationCooked - by Michael Pollan tells a horrifying story about how McDonald’s potatoes are grown for your french fries. Skip to 3:10 in the video — you’ll be shocked.

Key Points in the Video

  • Poor women who cook have healthier diets than wealthy women who don’t cook.
  • As rates of home cooking go down, rates of obesity go up.
  • The fat, salt, sugar and food additives in corporation cooked foods to preserve freshness and appearance are incredibly addictive.
  • In America, rates of home cooking have decreased 50% since the mid-60s.
  • On average in America, we spend 27 minutes cooking per day, and 4 minutes cleaning up (which means it’s probably fast food — who can do dishes and scrub pots and pans in 4 minutes?).
  • To be healthy, eat anything you want, just cook it yourself.
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  1. Serenity says:

    doesn’t take long to load the dishwasher….

    • Deb says:

      If you truly cooked, you have pots to scrub, counters to clear, a table to wipe off, and a stove to wipe down as well. You may have to grab a broom and sweep up crumbs or bits of lettuce or rice or whatnot as well. Cleaning up after a meal that you cooked takes far longer than four minutes. Heating up some take out and putting the plates and forks and cups in the dishwasher, and putting leftovers in the refrigerator takes 4 minutes.

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