The surprising case for the value menu: it’s probably not as fattening

The Washington Post:

If you’re trying to watch calories while keeping your meal under $5 at a fast-food restaurant, sticking to the value menu might not be a bad idea.

Fast-food chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are trumpeting pricier, premium offerings to shed their image as purveyors of greasy junk food and convince customers to spend a few extra bucks.

Of course, cooking at home is the ideal for eating well without spending a lot. But there may be times when you want a greasy fix, or feel too lazy or time-strapped to cook.

The number of calories you should eat in a single meal varies depending on your size and activity level, said David Levitsky, a professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell. But generally, it’s hard to go wrong if you keep it under 600 calories.

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