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#1 KenJennings

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:47 PM

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McDouble is 'cheapest and most nutritious food in human history'
Describing the McDonald’s double cheeseburger as “the cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history” might seem beyond fanciful, but according to the author of Freakonomics, it is not as absurd a suggestion as it appears.

By Daniel Johnson
7:44AM BST 30 Jul 2013


Stephen Dubner, who co-authored the best-selling book, hosted a debate on his blog after a reader suggested the McDouble packed a better nutritional punch for the penny than is often assumed.
The double cheeseburger provides 390 calories, 23 grams of protein – half a daily serving – seven per cent of daily fibre, 19 grams of fat and 20 per cent of daily calcium, all for between $1 and $2, or 65p and £1.30, The Times reported.
Kyle Smith, a New York Post columnist, threw his support behind the McDouble’s nutritional value for money.
“For the average poor person, it isn’t a great option to take a trip to the farmers market to puzzle over esoteric lefty-foodie codes”, Mr Smith wrote.
“Facts are facts – where else but McDonald’s can poor people obtain so many calories per dollar?”


Mr Dubner added: “The more I thought about the question, whether the McDouble is the cheapest, most bountiful, and nutritious food ever, the more I realised how you answer that question says a lot about how you see the world, not only our food system and the economics of it, but even social justice.”
A 2007 University of Washington survey found that while junk food costs as little as $1.76 per 1,000 calories, fresh vegetables and healthier foods can cost more than 10 times as much.
In the online debate, some farmers suggested the McDonalds burger deserved more credit for feeding the poor cheaply.
Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, said: “The biggest unreported story in the past three quarters of a century [is] this increase in availability of food for the common person.”
But Tom Philpott, a campaigning organic farmer from North Carolina, said there were many more nutritious ways of feeding people cheaply.
“You can get a pound of organic brown rice and a pound of red lentils for about £1.30 each”, Mr Philpott said.
“A serving of each of those things would be around 48 pence.
“In order to present to us all that burger, you’re talking about a vast army of working poor people.”


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 09:07 PM

My all-time favorite fast food sangweech!

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 09:23 PM

Doesn't seem like there's enough meat in a McDouble to give you 23 g of protein. I love them too.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 09:28 PM

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Doesn't seem like there's enough meat in a McDouble to give you 23 g of protein. I love them too.

Don't forget the protein in the cheese.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:46 PM

If the McDoubles had real cheese in them (Swiss in particular!) then I'd be more inclined to eat these.  American "cheese" makes me gag :boo hiss:

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:02 PM

View PostBowlCity, on 21 July 2014 - 10:46 PM, said:

If the McDoubles had real cheese in them (Swiss in particular!) then I'd be more inclined to eat these.  American "cheese" makes me gag :boo hiss:

But McDonald's cheese has crack in it.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 12:02 AM

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View PostEagleMoon, on 21 July 2014 - 09:23 PM, said:

Doesn't seem like there's enough meat in a McDouble to give you 23 g of protein. I love them too.

Don't forget the protein in the cheese.

Yeah I wonder about the cheese. Most American cheese is so processed there's not much milk in it.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:00 AM

I enjoy McDonald's food. Great shakes, too.

The fries make all other fries taste like cardboard.

All that said, I would only eat there once a week or so unless it was an emergency.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:42 AM

View PostDr. Sheldon Cooper, on 21 July 2014 - 11:02 PM, said:

View PostBowlCity, on 21 July 2014 - 10:46 PM, said:

If the McDoubles had real cheese in them (Swiss in particular!) then I'd be more inclined to eat these.  American "cheese" makes me gag :boo hiss:

But McDonald's cheese has crack in it.

Sometimes other things too. This story came out of my hometown.  Makes me proud to be from small town Iowa :sigh:

http://www.usatoday....couple/9059267/

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:51 AM

View PostBowlCity, on 22 July 2014 - 08:42 AM, said:

View PostDr. Sheldon Cooper, on 21 July 2014 - 11:02 PM, said:

View PostBowlCity, on 21 July 2014 - 10:46 PM, said:

If the McDoubles had real cheese in them (Swiss in particular!) then I'd be more inclined to eat these.  American "cheese" makes me gag :boo hiss:

But McDonald's cheese has crack in it.

Sometimes other things too. This story came out of my hometown.  Makes me proud to be from small town Iowa :sigh:

http://www.usatoday....couple/9059267/

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:06 AM

A McDouble no cheese, ketchup only is my go to when I just need something cheap and good to fill me up. Love'em......

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:27 AM

View PostNarpski, on 22 July 2014 - 09:06 AM, said:

A McDouble no cheese, ketchup only is my go to when I just need something cheap and good to fill me up. Love'em......

I usually order 2-4 McChickens plain, just the chicken and bun.

Occasionally I go hard and get the 20pc McNuggets.  The McDonald's by my college had a grand reopening last spring and changed the deal where you can get the 20pc for $5 to a 40pc for $5.  Glorious moments were had.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:33 AM

View PostBowlCity, on 22 July 2014 - 09:27 AM, said:

View PostNarpski, on 22 July 2014 - 09:06 AM, said:

A McDouble no cheese, ketchup only is my go to when I just need something cheap and good to fill me up. Love'em......

I usually order 2-4 McChickens plain, just the chicken and bun.

Occasionally I go hard and get the 20pc McNuggets.  The McDonald's by my college had a grand reopening last spring and changed the deal where you can get the 20pc for $5 to a 40pc for $5.  Glorious moments were had.
I get plain McChickens also. I either get that or a plain McDouble. I can eat for around 3 dollars...

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 10:06 AM

A Big Mac is a quality sammich. Don't know if it's the fake onions or the secret sauce (mayo left out in the sun perhaps) but I find them delicious.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 12:02 PM

View PostKennyLee, on 22 July 2014 - 10:06 AM, said:

A Big Mac is a quality sammich. Don't know if it's the fake onions or the secret sauce (mayo left out in the sun perhaps) but I find them delicious.

It's Thousand Island dressing with food coloring. It's also the reason I hate Big Macs :boo hiss:

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 12:30 PM

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View PostKennyLee, on 22 July 2014 - 10:06 AM, said:

A Big Mac is a quality sammich. Don't know if it's the fake onions or the secret sauce (mayo left out in the sun perhaps) but I find them delicious.

It's Thousand Island dressing with food coloring. It's also the reason I hate Big Macs :boo hiss:
I have never had one because they just never appealed to me (the cheese and sauce the primary reason). My wife likes them and had one recently....

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 12:53 PM

View PostKennyLee, on 22 July 2014 - 10:06 AM, said:

A Big Mac is a quality sammich. Don't know if it's the fake onions or the secret sauce (mayo left out in the sun perhaps) but I find them delicious.
Those aren't onions.  They are toe nail clippings.  :)

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 12:55 PM

Here is my answer to McDonalds.
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They blow McDonalds out of the water.  But when there is nothing else available, McDonalds is better than going hungry.  I will give Mcky Ds props for their fries.  Damn they are good.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 01:54 AM

View PostILSnwdog, on 22 July 2014 - 12:55 PM, said:

Here is my answer to McDonalds.
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They blow McDonalds out of the water.  But when there is nothing else available, McDonalds is better than going hungry.  I will give Mcky Ds props for their fries.  Damn they are good.

I used to agree with this. But lately Wendy's quality has gone downhill, while McDonald's has been on the rise.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:36 AM

View PostKenJennings, on 23 July 2014 - 01:54 AM, said:

View PostILSnwdog, on 22 July 2014 - 12:55 PM, said:

Here is my answer to McDonalds.
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They blow McDonalds out of the water.  But when there is nothing else available, McDonalds is better than going hungry.  I will give Mcky Ds props for their fries.  Damn they are good.

I used to agree with this. But lately Wendy's quality has gone downhill, while McDonald's has been on the rise.

Wendy's wins my vote because of the Frosty's alone.


But I think we can all agree that the best fast food joint is:

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