Community’s Location Determines Food Quality?

The purpose of me bringing this particular focus up to share is because it still needs to be further examine.  In working class communities like Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, Chinatown, to name a few, are plagued with groups of fast and unhealthy food restaurants throughout the community block and they are usually within walking distance, while alternative, healthy restaurants are either hard to find or in non-existence.

And of course the arguments on the focus isn’t new either. Yes, the communities which has more unhealthy restaurants are usually targeting people who would want a quick bite to eat and who doesn’t want to spend a large amount for a meal. And of course – let’s face it, if a person has that attitude, chances are the person is less likely to want to tip a server.

But let’s cut to the chase: does eating healthy have to cost more than simply buying something that’s unhealthy? Since the cost to buy fast unhealthy food is much cheaper and affordable in the short term, the long term effect, however, on the person’s health of eating that kind of food is more costly.

This is a lose-lose situation for both the consumer and the working society at large. To put it in perspective, the eating of unhealthy food, in the long term, will kill the consumer or the consumers which makes up most of the working population and which helps keep society running…. the equation of the situation, as you can see doesn’t look too pleasant.

I know this isn’t a conclusive post (or whether it will reach an end) but it is worth the time and energy to talk and become aware about.  And I would like to hear what you think about your community and the kind of food your community overall serve. Would you consider the people living in your community health aware or do they simply go with the flow of what the community offers? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and I’ll do my best to keep track of them; thanks!

Next Post Up: Thur., Dec. 12th


One thought on “Community’s Location Determines Food Quality?”

  1. A good subject for some cautious discussion. Cautious, because it is both hazardous and unproductive, basically, to place blame for the influences behind people’s food preferences. When a “healthy menu” restaurant shows up in these communities it’s taking a considerable risk and is often reported in the news. There was a news feature recently on the “gentrification” of Eagle Rock, marked by a brave new restaurant that served a “healthy” menu. So, why not use this discussion on the Lincoln Press as a platform to trade notes on any good, “healthy” restaurants showing up in Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, and Chinatown that are trying to offer more “healthy” menu items? And, let’s make and promote a list. Who’s got the first restaurant we can all go to have a great meal without the usual cholesterol, salt, sugar, grease and fat?

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