Food bought in fast food outlets seems to have become increasingly packed with more and more calories. A meal offered recently at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto was a hybrid between a doughnut and a croissant, called a Cronut Burger. When all the sides and drinks that went with the meal were added in, it clocked in at 7,500 calories, which is the equivalent of more than three days’ worth of calories in one meal. And in some of the southern states, a new kind of dessert is chocolate-covered bacon! These are just two examples of excess in the prepared foods we can buy. When the owners of the restaurant offering the Cronut Burger were asked about this meal, they said they were simply offering what people were asking for. There is an unfortunate emphasis on “bigness” among some young people, and the market is responding.
In North America, the volume of food consumed has gone up significantly over time, and the industrial methods of food production have made it possible to buy large quantities of processed food at reasonable prices. We tend to “supersize” everything. We offer double and triple patties in hamburgers, and pasta bowls are advertised as “never ending.” Even fresh fruit and vegetables suffer—modern peaches and strawberries may be large, but they are also less tasty.