Talk:Convenience food

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old discussion[edit]

Re: Price of TV Dinner. I don't know where the author is buying their TV dinners but I have not seen any that only cost $1 in the US. Sometimes on sale but mostly they are in the $2-3 range in 2006. 19:08, 9 June 2006 (UTC)


This article is blatantly wrong. Convenience foods can include items such as prepackaged, sliced vegetables, jucie boxes, etc. To claim that they are only un-healthy snacks is POV.

Jeremy (Jerem43 21:03, 3 December 2007 (UTC))

New lead[edit]

Convenience food is commercially prepared food designed for ease of consumption. Products designated as convenience foods are preprepared food stuffs that can be sold as hot, ready-to-eat dishes; as room temperature, shelf-stable products; or as refrigerated or frozen products that require minimal preparation by the consumer. These products often are sold in portion controlled, single serve packaging designed for portability for "on-the-go" or later eating. Convenience food can include products such as candy; beverages such as sodas, juices and milk; fast food; nuts, fruits and vegetables in fresh or preserved states; processed meats and cheeses; and canned products such as soups and pasta dishes.

Critics have derided the increasing trend of convenience foods because of numerous issues. Several groups have cited the environmental harm of single serve packaging due to the increased usage of plastics that contributes to solid waste in landfills. Health organizations have spoken out about the high levels of salts, fats and preservatives in these products which critics claim are a contributing factor of the obesity epidemic in western nations.

Jeremy (blah, blah...I did it!) 20:49, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Other countries[edit]

It looks like this article deals solely with the U.S. right now so I added a globalize template. I think it would be interesting to explore how non-Western countries such as Japan deal with convenience food or the impact of American-style convenience food on other countries. Japan is particularly interesting because they have the highest amount of vending machines per capita and have a substantially different cuisine from the American one. --Apollo1758 (talk) 19:43, 7 May 2012 (UTC)