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The greatest food in human history (McDonalds cheeseburger)
NY Post ^ | july 28, 2013 | KYLE SMITH

Posted on 07/28/2013 1:14:21 PM PDT by lowbridge

What is “the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history” Hint: 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 argument above was made by a commenter on the Freakonomics blog run by economics writer Stephen Dubner and professor Steven Leavitt, who co-wrote the million-selling books on the hidden side of everything.

Dubner mischievously built an episode of his highly amusing weekly podcast around the debate. Many huffy back-to-the-earth types wrote in to suggest the alternative meal of boiled lentils. Great idea. Now go open a restaurant called McBoiled Lentils and see how many customers line up.

But we all know fast food makes us fat, right? Not necessarily. People who eat out tend to eat less at home that day in partial compensation; the net gain, according to a 2008 study out of Berkeley and Northwestern, is only about 24 calories a day.

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.

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1 posted on 07/28/2013 1:14:21 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

At least put some McBacon on it


2 posted on 07/28/2013 1:16:53 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: lowbridge

And on top of it all, it won’t decay, and animals won’t eat it before you do.


3 posted on 07/28/2013 1:18:40 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: lowbridge

People pay too much attention to food.

Butter good? or bad?
Eggs good? or bad?
Carbs good? or bad?
Fat good? or bad?
Caffeine good? or bad?

The answers change from week to week. I pretty much do what I want, and I’m not dead yet.


4 posted on 07/28/2013 1:18:51 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: lowbridge
Outback Steakhouse...a nice,juicy 6 oz sirloin,baked potato with butter,nice serving of broccoli...$9.99
5 posted on 07/28/2013 1:19:49 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: lowbridge

The Supersized fries and soda is what gets you. That and a lack of moderation and self control.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 1:20:12 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: ClearCase_guy

If eggs and caffeine are bad, I will die an early death.


7 posted on 07/28/2013 1:21:20 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: lowbridge
Wendy's is currently featuring the pretzel bun, bacon cheeseburger. I've had several during the past week or so, and they are excellent!


8 posted on 07/28/2013 1:21:21 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: lowbridge

It may be cheap, nutritious, and bountiful, but it still tastes like cardboard.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 1:21:35 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: lowbridge

human history?

seriously?

How about the foods that kept us from dying off as a species?

MEAT... beans.... rice.... wheat...


10 posted on 07/28/2013 1:22:21 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: lowbridge

Jack in the Box’s “Ultimate Bacon Double Cheeseburger” is the greatest fast food ever created.


11 posted on 07/28/2013 1:22:39 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: lowbridge

Hey, the Big Mack is the best. Got it all.


12 posted on 07/28/2013 1:25:18 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Cowboy Bob

Us East coast FReepers can’t get Jack in the Box or In N Out burgers.


13 posted on 07/28/2013 1:25:31 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Fzob

It’s just cheap. Perhaps more nutritious than cardboard, but doubtful.


14 posted on 07/28/2013 1:25:39 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: GeronL

But mcdonalds cheeseburger has meat in it...I think.


15 posted on 07/28/2013 1:26:06 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

It is a good deal even though there may be a question as to the quality of beef. My sons order two of them, then throw one bun away placing the two patties on the other burger making a McQuadruple.


16 posted on 07/28/2013 1:26:42 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: EEGator

Jack in the Box should never be referenced in the same sentence as In N Out.


17 posted on 07/28/2013 1:27:46 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: lowbridge

Liked the Double Cheeseburger but I do buy the McDouble for $1.

No ketchup, extra pickle and mustard. 2 burgers on some days.


18 posted on 07/28/2013 1:29:56 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Oscar Meyer has a new product out: Bacon Hot Dogs!


19 posted on 07/28/2013 1:30:56 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Sherman Logan
Sorry. :) Walter and Donny agree with you.
20 posted on 07/28/2013 1:31:18 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: lowbridge
I say this all the time.

Even better, you can buy it on near any country on the planet and it tastes pretty much the way it should.

21 posted on 07/28/2013 1:32:52 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Good to know! There is a Jack in the Box only a couple of blocks from where I live.


22 posted on 07/28/2013 1:36:17 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: lowbridge
A McChicken without the bun (their bread is crap), apple slices and non-fat milk is a nutritious, cheap meal. And I'm a food Nazi.

The thing that bothers me about McDonals (besides not offering 100% whole grain bread) is the french fries. They're a lot of calories without even the nutritional skin. McDonalds has the food technology so they could easily come up with a carrot or sweet potato option that people would like.

23 posted on 07/28/2013 1:37:04 PM PDT by grania
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To: lowbridge

I have to say, I’m partial to the Filet-o-Fish sanguich. I have been eating at McDonalds since the early 60’s and, I have visited their establishment in nearly every state of the union. No matter where you go, you know EXACTLY what to expect, and, they deliver.

Further, considering the above, McDonalds’ offerings are, to me, ‘comfort food’. The Big Mac, is a complete meal: meat, vegetable, and starch, though I must confess, I toss the pickle. I don’t know who came up with the pickle as a garnish for meat, but should I ever meet that individual, Stand Your Ground will be invoked...


24 posted on 07/28/2013 1:38:19 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Secret Agent Man

” animals won’t eat it before you do.”

We had a boxer at the truck shop I worked at that would disagree.


25 posted on 07/28/2013 1:39:20 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: Paisan
Ever tried White Castle or a Krystal Burger?

My favorite driving snack used to be a McDonald regular burger and a large McDonald's coffee. Oh yeah!

26 posted on 07/28/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: lowbridge
I loved McDonalds as a kid then I grew a stick up my butt and starting being anti-chain restaurant for some silly reason or other.

I now eat breakfast at McDonalds, which is quite good, and the occasional Big Mac for nostalgia reasons.

It's not the best burger, but it's a good deal for the money.

I still won't eat at the Cheesecake Factory because it's just freakin' gay.

27 posted on 07/28/2013 1:43:36 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: lowbridge

http://www.cheeseandburger.com/


28 posted on 07/28/2013 1:43:56 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: EEGator

JitB is a mediocre to poor fast food place, in my experience.

In n Out is probably the best such chain. Till the bean-counting and franchising types get ahold of it anyway.


29 posted on 07/28/2013 1:44:07 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Cowboy Bob
Jack in the Box’s

One of our good friend's daughter called that "Jack in the Crack", and her mom went ballistic.

30 posted on 07/28/2013 1:48:40 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: lowbridge

Jack in the Box, two tacos for 99 cents.


31 posted on 07/28/2013 1:57:01 PM PDT by liege (America 180)
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To: lowbridge

I’ll McPass.


32 posted on 07/28/2013 2:00:04 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: liege

You beat me! I was just about to post that. I love ‘em.

And Big Macs as well.


33 posted on 07/28/2013 2:00:05 PM PDT by berdie
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To: F15Eagle

Rumor has it that some stores will let you order it with lettuce and big mac sauce instead of ketchup and mustard


34 posted on 07/28/2013 2:00:19 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: liege

Yeah with the mystery meat paste.


35 posted on 07/28/2013 2:00:59 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Never had one long enough to test the decay time, but I can tell you that 3 dogs over 15 years all eagerly ate McD burgers and looked for more. 2 of them were also known to refuse most dog treats and the members of this breed are considered *frugal eaters*.


36 posted on 07/28/2013 2:01:25 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Sherman Logan

Maybe I’ll get to try it someday. I’ve only heard good things about it.


37 posted on 07/28/2013 2:02:49 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: lowbridge

I eat the McDouble regularly. It’s a very good deal and i’m thankful McDonalds offers it. Funny just yesterday i tried something i’d read on Reddit where you get it “DLM” style (Dressed like a Big Mac). You get the BigMac sauce and shredded lettuce added and it’s pretty much a cheaper BigMac (different bread though). I forgot to ask to hold the mustard and ketchup so it was messy with all the sauce but, tasty. I bought (2) and paid $3 for both with the addons at my McDonalds.


38 posted on 07/28/2013 2:03:23 PM PDT by brandon24
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

wild animals.


39 posted on 07/28/2013 2:03:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

6 oz. sirloin? What is that like three little bites?

The only time I ever went to Outback I left feeling completely ripped off.


40 posted on 07/28/2013 2:04:57 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: scottteng

Good idea. I may try that!


41 posted on 07/28/2013 2:06:02 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Arrowhead1952

My brothers and I used to call it “D*ck in the Box”, but not where either parent could hear.


42 posted on 07/28/2013 2:06:46 PM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: MHGinTN

Used to be a White Castle where I lived in Massachusetts. There’s nothing like the burgers that they served. Thick, juicy char-boiled burger, fresh tomato slice and crisp onion. First bite, grab the napkin...

But, these places are a rarity today. And they probably don’t belong within the genre of “Fast Food”...


43 posted on 07/28/2013 2:09:39 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: lowbridge

Then how come as I drive across America the place is filled with corn???


44 posted on 07/28/2013 2:11:02 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: lowbridge

Good subsistence food for peasants who care nothing about mad cow disease and high fructose corn syrup. And they probably take EBT cards (food-stamp debit cards).


45 posted on 07/28/2013 2:11:05 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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46 posted on 07/28/2013 2:13:58 PM PDT by narses
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To: lowbridge
While the "McDouble" is a buck, I recall when the Quarter Pounder was first released. Fifty nine cents! Sixty nine cents for the Quarter Pounder with cheese.

Mark

47 posted on 07/28/2013 2:14:15 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: EEGator
If eggs and caffeine are bad, I will die an early death.

I know a guy who lived on eggs, rare beef, coffee, cigarettes and whiskey for 106 years.

He once had a wife that badgered him about those things, but he outlived her by 40 years. Rancher in North Dakota.

48 posted on 07/28/2013 2:14:29 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: lowbridge

Everyone knows that Little Caeser’s is the best food value in all of history. :)


49 posted on 07/28/2013 2:16:24 PM PDT by antidisestablishment (Mahound delenda est)
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To: MarkL
While the "McDouble" is a buck, I recall when the Quarter Pounder was first released. Fifty nine cents! Sixty nine cents for the Quarter Pounder with cheese.

I remember when Der Weinerschnitzel came to town in 1968.

They had $.05 chili-cheese dogs.

I used to order 15 of them and eat them on my 15 minute lunch break in High School.

50 posted on 07/28/2013 2:19:39 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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