Uber disrupted the taxi and limo service, although Lyft seems to have disrupted Uber. Now Uber, as well as others, go into the food delivery business. The idea – bring the food from your favorite restaurant to you. I’ve deleted these apps from my phone, removing the temptation – but here are five reaons why you should:
1. They depend on the “delivery agent” – if they don’t have enough delivery agents then your food is stuck under the hot lights.
2. If your food is stuck under the hot lights too long then the meat will dry out, the starches will wilt, the vegetables will either dry or crust
3. The restaurants may pre-make orders for the delivery and when they run out of the “pre made” they stop serving it. Pre-made food that they heat up – not a great thing.
4. If there is a problem the “delivery agent” will tell you they “just” got the call and rushed you the food that has been sitting under the heat lamp melting away. Uber Eats, or Grub Hub, will tell you they couldn’t get the “agent” there in time. The restaurant will still send out the bad food, and blame the agent.
5. The food is never as good as what the restaurant makes to order for you and delivers to you with a waiter. But it will be more expensive.
Many of us don’t live in New York where many restaurants will deliver the food and stand by its quality with their own delivery people.
From a Culinary Medicine perspective: you can get home, make a great meal with some simple ingredients, and have a healthier and less expensive option. Take the gyro that I once ordered – it would have been better to make a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread.
Ditch the apps for delivery. Plan your meals ahead of time. You will eat better and if you really want some great food from a particular restaurant – go there – or pick up the food from there.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.