Stephen Dubner, a co-author of the best-selling book, hekd a debate on the Internet after a reader suggested the McDouble packed a better nutritional punch for the penny than is often assumed, writes The Telegraph.
The double cheeseburger contains 390 calories, 23 grams of protein, 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, said he supports 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?”
He went on, adding: “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.”
In the heated debates in the Internet blog, some farmers suggested the fast-food burger deserved more credit for feeding the poor cheaply.
Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, told reporters: “The biggest unreported story in the past three quarters of a century [is] this increase in availability of food for the common person.”
However, there’re opposite points of view. Thus, Tom Philpott, a campaigning organic farmer from North Carolina, suggested that 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.”
Claiming that the McDonald’s double cheeseburger as “the cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history” might sound doubtful, but according to a recent survey, it is not as absurd a suggestion as it appears.
If the cheeseburger maker doubles the salaries and benefits of all its employees – from workers with the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to the company’s chief executive, Donald Thompson, whose allergedly earned $8.75 million – it would cause the price of a Big Mac to increase just 68 cents, from $3.99 to $4.67.
The presented numbers were priovided by a University of Kansas student, Arnobio Morelix. The student also counted that every item on the Dollar Menu would go up by 17 cents.
Thus, if the company’s owners want to increase the salaries of all of its workers and save profits and other expenses at the same time, it would need to increase prices by just 17 cents per dollar, according to Morelix.
Morelix’s research comes as McDonald’s employees across the country strike for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Workers are also not satisfied with the right to unionize without fear of retaliation.
Protesters are holding strikes in seven U.S. cities over a four-day period, according to recent media reports.