The Pros and Cons of McDonalds
From a burger stand, to now the most well-known fast food chain in America, McDonalds serves approximately 58 million people daily. This is equivalent to 671 orders per second and with numbers as high as these, it easy to assume that customers must love what they are spending their money on. There was once a time when I enjoyed indulging in fast food such as McDonalds, sometimes more than once a day. Now, I limit my visits to no more than once a week and am very selective on what I choose off the menu. As a police cadet and soldier in the Army, maintaining a high level of physical fitness and healthy diet is required. In order to do so, I lost 65 pounds and as I began to reduce those trips to McDonalds, I also reduced my waistline. As I am more cautious on what I eat, I hold restaurants to a certain standard and weigh the pros and cons. To evaluate the pros and cons of McDonalds, three criteria will be used: the establishment must be cost efficient and have meal options of 6 dollars or less, healthy menu options must be available, with meals less than 700 calories, and the establishment must clean.
The first criterion used to evaluate McDonalds is that they should offer meal options of 6 dollars or less. When it comes to price, McDonalds has no problem catering to customers that are on a budget. McDonalds offers a variety of combo meals, less than 6 dollars, including a drink, side item, and main course. McDonalds even offers a convenient value menu all throughout the day for those who are not quite as hungry or scraping up their last bit of change. As I began to become more selective about what I eat, I quickly learned that to eat healthy, you have to pay the price, which leads to my second criterion.
A restaurant should offer healthy menu items and full meals, less than 700 calories. The likelihood of finding a full meal less than 700 calories, is very rare at McDonalds. A medium fry alone is 330...