GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 287
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
A growing number of people rely on restaurants and convenience food (frozen food and packaged meals) rather than home-cooked food to supply most of their meals.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of eating this way?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
More and more people are eating out in restaurants and consuming ready-to-eat food. The benefits of this are that individuals can save time and effort. However, this trend could also cause health hazards, and foods served in restaurants or ingredients used in convenience foods are usually of low quality.
The most evident benefit of ready-to-eat food is convenience. In today’s hectic lifestyle, there is nothing better than having a ready meal. No matter how much physicians praise the advantages of a home-cooked meal, at the end of a hard day at the office, when individuals return home exhausted and hungry, canned soup or the cake with marshmallows can be a godsend. Besides the time one has to devote to the kitchen, preparing meals at home also requires an individual to make a trip to the local grocery shop to purchase the ingredients for the meal. Furthermore, there is the added time and effort in peeling the vegetables and washing utensils. All this makes eating out in restaurants and consumption of convenience food an increasing and convenient trend.
On the other hand, this trend also confers several disadvantages. One drawback is that most convenience or restaurant foods are often rather unhygienic. That is to say that these foods contain a substantial amount of calories and fats, thus causing various non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and so on. Low-quality is another major downside of such foods. Cheap foods especially are being affected by the low-quality ingredients so as to offer the cheapest price possible for consumers.
To conclude, while the growing tendency of eating convenience food saves both time and energy, therefore becoming the answer to a fast pace of life, it is important to pay the attention to the health hazard caused by high calories and low-quality ingredients of such foods.