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