Mcdonalds : The Best Food

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The blog Freakonomics rather recently published a post arguing that McDonalds was the best food in history both in terms of health and cost efficiency. There were a variety of responses to the arguments raised in the blog, two of which were authored by Kyle Smith and Mark Gongloff. Smith stand along with the idea of McDonalds as a healthy, affordable, option for the poor and to attack it is to attack the poor. Gongloff, on the other hand, asserts the claim in favor of McDonalds food as faulty and, in the long run, will do more harm than good, costing everyone. One major argument made by the blog post is that McDonalds is in fact healthy. Smith actively defends this point of view, “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” (Smith). Smith is highlighting the positive attributes of the McDouble cheeseburger, arguing that it gives you a lot of bang for your buck. The opposing view, held by Gongloff is that there is much more to that, “The sandwich, found at one of the 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants that ornament the American landscape offers 390 calories, 23 grams of protein, along with some minerals and, I don’t know, grease…” (Gongloff). Gongloff is pointing out that the seemingly high nutritional value of the McDouble is superficial, that what comes along with the calories and proteins
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