Fast food is always regarded as more efficiently tasty than slow food. The former has typically pervaded around the world. An increasing number of people are addicted to fast food. I used to assume that fast food is an optimal choice comparing to slow food which is usually promoted as an alternative. Fast food is primarily characterized by high efficiency and low cost. Sadly, when it comes to nutritional value, flavor, preserving food culture the situation shifts largely.
Typically speaking, as the mainly nutrition resource maintaining our body, slow food contains the majority of crucially supporting nutritive elements such as protein, vitamin, amino acid. It also has strict nutrient element table attached behind the menu. For instance, western restaurants are fastidious about nutrition, even if some kinds of vegetables are not so popular with its strange smell but with high nutrient. In contrast, fast food is typically produced to fuel up, there is an embarrassing phenomenon: some fast food giants would like to pursue advantages in terms of nutrition, unfortunately, it usually puts them in an awkward position. McDonalds can be a typical example, it tries to find the balance point between efficiency and nutrition, whereas the reality and prospect is always cloudy.
There is no doubt that flavor is always a significant evaluation criteria. Specially for slow food, why you will enter the same restaurant more than once. Based on a survey released by the authoritative health organization, around 65% repeat customers considered flavor as the most optimal factor. In addition, slow food provides us with wide arrange of choices to meet the diffidently various requirement of customers. On the other hand, fast food is devoted itself in efficiency rather than flavor, for example, when you come to Subway, the largest operator fast food franchise in the world, it mainly sells sandwiches, salads as well as cookies, you maybe can find your dinner, but you should discommode your captious taste in the meanwhile.
The last but not the least, food is similar to language which is usually be considered as typical culture tie showing deep history and personality of certain civilization. To some degrees, slow food is responsible for culture communication and preserving. (2012) Many countries have a recognizable cuisine, a specific set of cooking traditions using various spices or a combination of flavors unique to that culture, which evolves over time. For example, when you travel to China you will be exposed in numerous specialities containing local culture. Food can be a guideline to direction of cultural nature. Otherwise, when we talk about fast food, some words will jump to your mind unconsciously, such as modern, fast economic, unhealthy and so on. Almost all fast food with the same attribute which definitely can not be regarded as a valid way to preserve culture. Even in some cases, fast food with low quality would damage the reputation of culture.
As far as I’m concerned, food is not only related to substance but also a reflection of lifestyle and culture, (2016) Many cultures have diversified their foods by means of preparation, cooking methods, and manufacturing. This also includes a complex food trade which helps the cultures to economically survive by way of food, not just by consumption. Slow food is superior to fast food in terms of nutritional value, flavor, preserving food culture, however, slow food also can be a promising choice if you have the healthy lifestyle and habit.
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