American fast food consumption is high. According to statistics, 13 percent of Americans eat fast food every day, and the majority consume it 1-3 times a week. Men consume more fast food than women do, and those aged 20 to 39 consume the most of it. That’s excessive. But there is temptation all around. Fast-food chains can now be found in rows on every street corner and beyond. But things weren’t always that way.
Fast food is now known for being inexpensive, unhealthy, and convenient to eat on the go. However, when the fast food boom initially began in the 1950s, things were substantially different. Fast-food establishments back then resembled healthier versions of the popular “all-American” diners.
Fast food has changed from being a “typical Americana” delight to a staple of our meals, and it is making a lot of people very ill.
Most people who overindulge in fast food do so because it’s affordable… But the reality is that it’s no longer actually that affordable. The priciest fast food establishments are listed in the new research. and I believe you could be shocked.
From Eat This Not That:
Fast food is supposed to be affordable, but 2022 put that to the test in a big way. Just a few months ago U.S. inflation had reached an astounding 8.2%, before easing somewhat to 7.7% in October. Suffice to say, pretty much everything comes with a bigger price tag right now, and the fast food industry hasn’t been immune.
Now, a new data analysis performed by Pricelisto comparing menu prices between September 2021 and October 2022 reveals overall prices have increased by 12.9% across five of the biggest names in fast food: McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Chick-fil-A.
Wendy’s earns the notorious title of the most expensive fast food chain this year, beating out last year’s “winner” Burger King. Wendy’s prices increased by an eyebrow-raising 35% this year, representing the largest increase in 2022 among analyzed chains (average price: $6.63).
Chick-fil-A had the second largest price increase over the past year, displaying an average price of $4.65 for their menu items, and an increase of 15.6% in comparison to 2021. Taco Bell took third place with an average price of $3.37, which is a 14.6% increase from just last year.
Burger King’s prices, in comparison, didn’t increase all that much in 2022. The average price of a product from Burger King in 2022 was $5.14, representing just a 2% increase over 2021.
McDonald’s, meanwhile, somehow managed to actually lower their prices this year. The average price for a McDonald’s menu item in 2022 was $3.77. That’s a 5% drop in comparison to 2021.
“With the busy lives we lead, turning to fast food is the easiest option for many people. It is interesting to see how chains have responded to the rise in inflation and shipping costs for their ingredients,” a Pricelisto spokesperson said. “The price of wages, transportation and energy all contribute to a higher end price for the consumer but larger chains such as McDonald’s are able to mitigate this with brand deals and bulk buying.”
The best thing to do is limit your fast food. Not to get too preachy, but processed food in this country is killing us, literally.
Because Americans are addicted to high-carb, high-fat, and high-sugar diets, it is unlikely. It is just as hazardous, if not more so than traditional heroin for the average American.