Recession hasn’t increased home cooking, claims report
The report’s author and chief industry analyst at NPD Harry Balzer said: “Microwaving has been flat for two decades, but it increased last year as Americans found a way to eat at home and not cook. We’re using our microwaves to warm and heat more, but not prepare more dishes from scratch.”
How disappointing. Americans are reverting to cheap pre-packaged microwave meals rather than cooking fresh foods at home. These pre-package foods are loaded with sodium and unpronounceable preservatives and other chemicals as well as unhealthy amounts of soy and sugar.
In my opinion, this trend is penny wise and pound foolish. People who subsist on this kind of food will end up spending more money on medical expenses due to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic, diet-related conditions. Besides, making your own food is actually cheaper, tastes better and you have control over how much sugar and salt are in your meal.
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