Food Policy

Is The McDouble the Greatest Food/Caloric Bargain of All Time?

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Over at The New York Post, the always-entertaining Kyle Smith argues that the McDonald's McDouble (two patties, one slice of cheese, typical cost of $1.00) is just about the greatest food bargain on all time:

It has 390 calories. It contains 23g, or half a daily serving, of protein, plus 7% of daily fiber, 20% of daily calcium and so on.

Also, you can get it in 14,000 locations in the US and it usually costs $1. Presenting one of the unsung wonders of modern life, the McDonald's McDouble cheeseburger.

Smith continues:

The outraged replies to the notion of McDouble supremacy — if it's not the cheapest, most nutritious and most bountiful food in human history, it has to be pretty close — comes from the usual coalition of class snobs, locavore foodies and militant anti-corporate types. I say usual because these people are forever proclaiming their support for the poor and for higher minimum wages that would supposedly benefit McDonald's workers. But they're completely heartless when it comes to the other side of the equation: cost.

Read the whole thing.

As someone who has in the past taken a keen interest in McDonald's Dollar Menu, I think Smith is right to focus on the cost of fast food, especially when you factor in the amount of calories.

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  1. Haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in a while, but the double cheeseburger truly is the best value they have on their menu.

    I say usual because these people are forever proclaiming their support for the poor and for higher minimum wages that would supposedly benefit McDonald’s workers. But they’re completely heartless when it comes to the other side of the equation: cost.

    Well duh, to actually care about the costs their anti-corporate, anti-market schemes would have on the poor the progtards would actually have to deign themselves by living among the dirty proles and who has time for that ? The Tonys in the world will just stay in their high-rise apartments, watch Rachel Maddow, and continue to feel morally superior for having the right ideas.

    1. My problem with the McDouble is that before it came out, you could get a double cheeseburger for the same price.

      1. And a small fry was on the dollar menue too. Not any more.

  2. I wouldn’t want to have it every day, or even several times a week, but it is pretty great to be able to get a pretty full and satisfying meal for $3.

  3. “You know, Gillespie, we sure would appreciate it if you’d write something nice about our organization.

    Anyway, I’m going to leave this juicy McRib right here on your desk, while I go get a drink of water.

    Which reminds me, I’ve got a stash of McGriddles at home. You should come over sometime, bring the kids…”

    1. Every man has his price, even Nick.

    2. Really? I figured they were holding the jacket hostage.

  4. Back when Super Size Me came out I ate at McD’s for 30 days straight on only $5/day.

    I didn’t gain weight and I didn’t see any of Spurlock’s claimed health problems (though I didn’t have my liver checked, just blood pressure/rate and cholesterol) and I only spent $150 for prepared food for a month. For somebody who doesn’t have a place to prepare food (like a poor/dislocated person living out of their car) McD’s is a beautiful thing.

    And Morgan Spurlock is a dishonest fucking weasel. Oh, you gained weight when you ate 5,000 calories a day and didn’t exercise, what a fucking shocker dipshit.

    1. “Oh, you gained weight when you ate 5,000 calories a day and didn’t exercise, what a fucking shocker dipshit.”

      That’s the thing. He probably would have gotten just as fat and sick had he eaten 5000 Calories of brown rice and tofu a day for a month.

    2. He also ate a shit-ton of sugar and carbs. Having super size fries and soda and a McFlurry at every meal is unhealthy? You don’t say.

      Watch Fathead instead. The guy goes on a 30 day binge on saturated fat, and his health improves, and he loses weight. And his doctor is completely baffled. Plus, the guy is just plain funny.

    3. This. And IIRC, he derived a significant portion of his calories from milk shakes and soft drinks. Wee bit disingenuous.

    4. Not only this but his wife was a goddamn vegan chef and he admitted that he ate a mostly vegan diet. Of course switch to eating a bunch of meat was going to make him sick until his body adjusted.

      1. A vegan chef? What the hell is that?

        1. Someone who tortures a damned plant into trying to make it taste like meat instead of actually using meat.

          1. You win best comment of the day.

        2. Someone who cooks parts of slaughtered vegans, of course.

    5. Mceedees has salads and juices.

      My guess is he ate none of them.

      and yeah like Apatheist ?_?? said if you eat twigs for years at a time packed with vegetable fiber when you suddenly switch to animal fat and proteins your shit is literally going to change.

      The same thing would happen if you did the reverse.

    6. Did you guys see the dude who went on an all-Twinkie diet? (Okay, there were some other Little Debbie and Hostess snacks, too)

      Most of these fools that want to ban certain foods don’t know shit about human biology so I ignore them.

    7. For somebody who doesn’t have a place to prepare food (like a poor/dislocated person living out of their car) McD’s is a beautiful thing.

      Just had to say, thanks for sharing.

      I don’t hate on McD’s or any other fast food chain, they got me through some broke times in my life.

  5. Wow man, that is the craziest thign I have heard all day.

    http://www.Global-Anon.com

  6. I really like the McDouble. Greatest thing about it is that they don’t put mayo on it!

    1. McD’s doesn’t put much of any condiments on it. Which is a shame for people like me who enjoy sloppy, dripping cheeseburgers.

      I try to avoid putting mustard on real burgers, but a bit of yellow mustard greatly enhances McD’s and White Castle.

  7. I picked up a can of Chef Boyardee’s Overstuff Sausage Ravioli today. 480 calories, 18g protein, 10g fiber, tons of vitamins and minerals. 87 cents, no tax. Put that in your McPipe and smoke it.

    1. Oh yeah? A box of blue Kraft probably puts the hurt on that.

      1. But you have to add water, milk, and butter to that, and cook it too. That’s more time, money, and effort.

    2. “It has 390 calories. It contains 23g, or half a daily serving, of protein, plus 7% of daily fiber, 20% of daily calcium and so on”

      Seems like a wash to me, certainly nothing to be smug about.

      1. And frankly, while McD’s isn’t the greatest, chef boyardee is straight garbage, IMO.

        1. I mean, why bother eating it, just open the can and flush it down the toilet, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle.

      2. The can is just a better caloric value. The burger is 3.9 calories per cent (or 3.6 with 8% tax added), the ravioli is 5.5.

        1. I think, honestly, when you’re breaking it down this far, there are probably a lot of options that are all essentially a wash.

          1. When I went down this path, I switched to just eating scoopfuls of white sugar washed down with a gulp of vegetable oil.

  8. McDonald’s is fine as emergency food, I guess. Just order 6 McDoubles, throw away the buns, and you’re set.

    Some local dipshit yuppie snobs are trying to keep a McDonald’s from opening in their neighborhood. They pretend it’s about traffic, but no one is fooled.

    1. I always marry burgers and toss the extra buns.

    2. or buy 2 McDoubles, 4 McChickens and McDoubleDown yourself to salty ecstasy.

  9. I love the McDouble. Thrown on some Mac sauce and lettuce and you’ve got a Mini-Mac for like a third of the price.

    1. My wife does that, which incidentally, reminded me of the summer of 1984, and the hundreds of no special sauce big macs I had, thanks to commies.

      Thanks again commies!

      1. Fuckin’ commies!

      2. reminded me of the summer of 1984, and the hundreds of no special sauce big macs I had, thanks to commies.

        Weren’t you concerned after Krusty said he’d personally spit in every 50th burger?

  10. comes from the usual coalition of class snobs, locavore foodies and militant anti-corporate types

    The Bacon Jr is so much better and was invented by a nice home town guy, Dave Thomas, who was so generous he opened up his kitchen to every city in America. Unlike those tasteless corporate swill at Micky Ds.

  11. Yeah, I got no problem with fast food and I do love me that new Pretzel Burger Wendy’s has but McDonalds? Seriously? With the possible exception of White Castle they are by far the worst of the burger joints.

    The grind on the meat (if it is in fact actually ground and not something else) is too fine giving it a really unappealing texture and the cooking techniques they use don’t do any favors for the flavor, then for onion haters like me actually getting the morons who work there to NOT add onions to the damn thing takes an act of congress. I will give them props for having a couple of decent chicken sandwiches and pretty good fries but their burgers are just gross.

    If forced to choose between them I’d actually rather just get something off the roller grill at 7-11 than get a McDonalds burger

    1. You have terrible taste. Mickey D’s rules.

  12. Damn it I want a McDouble now.

    I lived on McDonalds, Wendy’s and other fast food fare for about three years to no apparent ill effects.

    As far as I was concerned, four dollars + sixty seconds spent in the drive through + five minutes driving if I was not already out and about was a far better value than spending half an hour or so cooking for just one person.

    Even after I got married I still ate out for lunch just about every day for a few years. Really miffed the wife that my cholesterol numbers were always better than hers despite my fast food diet.

  13. What I don’t understand is why it is so much juicier then a single patty cheese burger.

  14. My kids order a McChicken and a McDouble, put the McChicken IN the McDouble, and eat it as one giant sandwich. They call it “The McBamBam”.

    1. That. Is AWESOME. I have to try that.

    2. Hell yeah, that sounds like something I need to try, also. Thanks for the info!

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  16. well, I guess it’s Greatest Food/Caloric Bargain for now

  17. Tough to argue with the McDouble logic… For another idea, check out http://thecheapeststorageintown.com so you can save as much money as possible on this fixed expense.

  18. So how much does McDonald’s pay you to write this shit?

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