Why No Healthy Drive-Thrus? Hint: You're Too Impatient

Jan 27, 2011
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.
Nothing healthy to go? (Photo: Reuters)

TakePart loves healthy food. You love healthy food. Everyone is resolving to eat healthy food. In fact, according to the National Restaurant Association, 73 percent of U.S. adults are trying to eat healthier when they eat out than they did two years ago. 

The same restaurant association says that the top 10 food trends of 2011 all have to do with local, sustainable and healthy eating.

Still, we're all pressed for time and busier than ever. So, busy people can be seen all day long pulling into drive thrus to grab food. 

So, since we're so interested in eating right, why don't drive-thru restaurants cater to our busy, busy lives by selling us healthy grub to fuel up on?

The answer, according to Chow.com is simple: you're too impatient and picky.

Joyce Slaton has a thorough breakdown of the who, what, how and why of drive-thru dining. She finds a few admirable examples of healthy drive-thrus in scattered metro areas, but her post spotlights the high hurdles to passing nutritious options into your car's window.

The first problem? You, the consumer are just too impatient. It takes a while to cook healthy food, and even the fastest turnaround times are too slow for drive-thru customers. A healthy drive-thru owner in Oregon pointed out:

"If you have a sit-down place and someone hustles your food out to you in five minutes, you feel like it's fast, but five minutes is an eternity when you're waiting in a car."

Another problem: you don't want drive-thru joints in your hood. They cause increased trash and traffic. Grab all the details over at Chow.com

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