The McDouble, its advocates argue, is the most price-efficient food “that has ever existed in human history,” according to the Daily Mail.
MSN Now reported that Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt’s “Freakanomics” blog recently played host to an interesting debate: Is the McDonald’s McDouble “the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history?”
One commenter believed so, stating the following:
“With just 390 calories, the McDouble packs 23 grams (half a daily serving) of protein, 7 percent of a person’s recommended daily fiber and 20 percent of the RDA for calcium. The sandwich is available in 14,000 locations and usually costs around $1.
MSN Money noted that junk food costs just $1.76 per 1,000 calories, compared with $18.16 per 1,000 calories for nutritious food according to a 2007 study from the University of Washington.
“While the food is undeniably gorgeous and healthful, buying a pint of organic blueberries for $4.18 isn’t economically feasible for many Americans.”
The report continues on to say:
“For the one out of seven Americans receiving food stamps — which have an average monthly benefit of just $133 — to supplement their grocery budgets, the nutrition and cost balanced in a McDouble likely appear even more attractive.
With prices of everything always seeming to be going up, is it really that surprising that there would be arguments advocating for something like this?
In other burger related news, the first test tube hamburger is set to be served next week.
As The Inquisitr reported earlier, scientists have been working on a way to curb the need to use actual cows and other animals to process hamburger meat.
“The public demonstration next week will involve a five ounce test tube hamburger costing 250,000 pounds, or over $300,000. It may be one expensive hamburger, but in the end, it could actually reduce the price of beef and other meats by bounds.”
What do you think about the claims of the McDouble being the cheapest and most nutritious food, well at least for fast food standards?
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