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What are you Saving when you Order Super Size Meals?


It’s a common marketing trick—ask you to spend only a little bit more money to get a lot more food. Sometimes, you even have to spend more money to get less food. A news release from the Center for Science in the Public Interest gives the following examples:

  • A McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with cheese, small French fries and a small coke—for 890 calories—actually costs eight cents more than the Quarter Pounder with Cheese large Extra Value Meal, which has 1,380 calories.
  • If you move from 7-Eleven’s Gulp to a Double Gulp, you’re spending 37 extra cents. In return, you’re getting 450 extra calories.

For a few extra pennies, we’re getting hundreds more calories and many more grams of saturated and trans fat than we need. You have to ask yourself what kind of extra value you’re getting when you’re putting yourself at risk for developing obesity-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

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