Saturday, December 14, 2013

"Proof McDonald's Isn't so Bad After all"


Ever since the 2004 release of Morgan Spurlock's documentary of the "effects" of eating exclusively from McDonald's for one month, the fast food franchise has been the poster child of an evil empire conspiring to destroy our nation's health.

(I used scare quotes above because Spurlock's work doesn't actually document the effects of eating fast food for a month, or even a lifetime, only what happened to Spurlock when Spurlock did what he did. Spurlock has been criticized, most humorously in comedian Tom Naughton's Fat Head, for not making public his food logs.)

But an interesting infographic provides necessary perspective by comparing how much McDonald's food someone would need to eat to match the energy in any one of five of the Cheesecake Factory's notoriously calorific dishes.

Note, however, that I'm not endorsing McDonald's over the Cheesecake Factory. My budget constraints certainly leads me to choose the former over the latter in ever case so far. But I did once go to Cheesecake Factory on someone else's dime and probably ingested 4000 or so Calories and it was delicious (much more so than McDonald's). And it seems that I'm no worse for wear.

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