Fast food is not a new phenomenon, but slow food is. Slow food, however, is much more than just the opposite of fast food. In fact, fast food suits fast-paced lives and, for many, remains a good option despite the proven ill effects of such “takeaway” on health.
Since the early 20th century, the fast-paced world has embraced everything that complements fast-paced ways of life to improve productivity and save time. Fast food became all the rage for those seeking fast, affordable and readily available service, on the go, with orders, to go or with just-in-time delivery.perfectly fitting the need of the time-constrained generation. Fast food, although it came as a boon to the generation that doesn’t have time to organize ingredients or cook, the ill effects of these readily available foods have become one of the leading causes of health risks throughout the ages. the years.
The trend, however, seems to be changing as the slow and steady movement of food has picked up in recent years. People are more and more health cautious and embrace the concept of slow food especially after the covid 19 pandemic.
Slow food replaces fast food choice
Nowadays, buying a fruit popsicle is much cheaper and easier than buying real fresh fruit. The health risks of eating junk food or foods full of preservatives on a regular basis have not been hidden from anyone. Still, fast food sells in large volumes, perhaps because one can get it faster, more easily, and paying moderately. While eating a proper home cooked meal will consume one’s time, resources, cost and energy. Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel said, “Slow food shouldn’t cost more than fast food. It’s time we brought back ‘value food’.
Many believe that the concept of slow food is for people who live a slow life, but slow food is about eating organic, natural food infused with sustainable eating habits and following a healthy rhythm of eating. Fast food may attract adjectives such as tasty, convenient or good value for money, however, it does not necessarily have to be of quality, or it could be seriously affecting the health of many.
NCIB research on ‘The Hidden Dangers of Fast and Processed Food*’ establishes that there may be a link between fast food, processed foods, commercial baked goods and sweets and brain cell destruction and decreased the intelligence. Candy and sweetened baked goods can even addictively stimulate the brain, which can lead to more serious illnesses.
The only food that the human body feels happy with is slow food, it is good for the brain and for the general health of any human being.
What is slow food and how is it different from fast food?
Every nook and corner of the world has its own traditional values and cultures around producing, cooking, eating and serving food; the slow food movement basically supports those old ideas and ways of living and eating.
The slow food movement, initiated by Folco Portinari on December 10, 1989, in Italy in reaction to fast food and “fast living” and has since spread throughout the world. The founding manifesto of the international Slow Food movement was signed in Paris, France in 1989 by delegates from 15 countries.
Some Slow Food campaigns are working to:
Fight against the use of pesticides
Promotion of culinary traditions and local foods.
Government funding for genetic engineering.
teach gardening skills to students and inmates
encourage ethical purchasing in local markets
Educate about the risks of monoculture and the dependence on very few genomes or varieties
Inclusion of organic farming concerns in agricultural policy
Slow food will always win the race among other types of food when it comes to overall benefits for healthy human survival. Here is the comparison between slow food and fast food:
Sharing vs eating antisocial
The slow food movement demands one’s attention to ‘what we eat’, ‘how carefully we eat’, ‘how food ingredients are organically and naturally produced’. Unlike fast food culture, which is often eaten quickly and is bad for digestion, it comes in individual plastic containers to aid eating on the go, further encouraging antisocial eating habits.
Organics vs Preservatives
The concept of slow food replaces the idea of fast-paced modern life by embracing the sensual pleasures of eating, cooking and sharing. The concept of ‘from farm to table’ aligns perfectly with the idea of healthy eating. Slow food is cooked with the freshest and most natural ingredients. it is a value system — to combat the detrimental effects of fast food. Fast food comes with various chemicals and preservatives to maintain its long shelf life. Fast foods are usually manufactured in bulk with various chemicals and packed in plastic bags to preserve their shelf life, and stored in freezers for long periods of time, this lowers the nutritional value of the food and makes it unfit. for our digestive system.
Quality service vs. fast service
Slow food is about understanding the sources of food production, which must be fresh and natural, their cooking methods, how they are served, and the way and attitude by which they are incorporated into the body. Other research published by the National Library of Medicine on the Frequency of consumption of home-cooked meals and possible benefits for diet and health concluded that “eating home-cooked meals more frequently was associated with better dietary quality and lower adiposity.” Ready-to-eat meals or fast food, once cooled, must be microwaved or reheated before consumption, which adds more fuel to the fire, as chemicals and preservatives from packaged foods and ingredients they become more harmful when overheated.
Health vs Obesity
Fast food companies often indulge in enticing advertising and marketing strategies such as buy one get one free, cheap meal, combo meal, surprises, free meal coupons, etc., that consumers end up buying more than they want . While slow eating includes taking longer than usual to chew each bite and spending more time at the dining table, one may find that it takes less food to feel full. An NCIB investigation ‘The Hidden Dangers of Fast and Processed Food*’ has shown that excess calories shorten life expectancy, while moderate caloric restriction slows the aging process and protects the body and brain.
Environmentally Friendly vs Polluting
Fast food encourages the plastic packaging industry to market its products in the most modern way, while homemade and traditional food requires minimal burden on the environment and the by-product of such food is absolutely environmentally friendly. .
Although people are becoming cautious about their health and food choices, it’s a long way to get back to where we started. In 2017, the author of the American digital brand Epicurious, David Tamarkin, said that the art of “home cooking is dying”.
According to research published by the National Library of Medicine, the consumption of fast foods is a worldwide phenomenon. India’s fast food industry, expanding at a rate of 40% each year, ranks 10th in per capita fast food spending figures with 2.1% of total annual spending..