IELTS Essay, December 2017: Cooking At Home VS Fast Food.

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Some people believe that cooking at home is a waste of time. They feel it is better to buy fast food which is more convenient and less stressful in modern life. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

40 minutes, 250 words at least.


Introduction: (Introduce the topic and MENTION the reasons supporting your opinion.)

In an ultra-busy modern lifestyle, people have little time to cook food at home. Many people resort to consuming fast food on a regular basis due to paucity of time. I strongly disagree with this notion and believe this adversely impacts their health and reduces love and affection in the family.

Body Paragraph 1: (Explain reason 1 – adversely impacts)

Though fast food is convenient to consume as compared to home cooked meals, it seriously hampers human health in the long term. Research has proved that the process of production of consumable items such as burgers involves excessive use of salt, sugar and oil which cause various diseases ranging from diabetes and hypertension to heart attack. For instance, a survey in the United States revealed that the rate of heart diseases among Americans who consume junk food is about 45 percent higher than those who eat home cooked meals.

Body Paragraph 2: (Explain reason 2 – reduce love and affection in family)

Moreover, ready made food available at stores reduced the love and affection associated with the process of cooking food. Traditionally, food is not just a source of energy but also a means to express love. When parents cook food for the family, both parents and children develop a bond of sacrificing time and sharing food for each other. This also builds trust which is a foundation of a healthy family and a prosperous society.

Conclusion: (Conclude the essay with either FUTURE – my favourite – or PARAPHRASING)

In conclusion, though fast food is relatively easy to consume, it has more drawbacks than benefits. If people prefer to eat this type of food on a regular basis, the society will become poorer not only in terms of falling health standards leading to greater expenses on health but also in terms of lost love, care and compassion.

Total Words = 271.

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