Fast Food: The Real Cost of a Hamburger

By Erika Freeman, "Is Your Burger Really That Cheap?," March/April 2010

The hidden price of America’s love of fast-food.

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A Big Mac, at 540 calories, provides 30 percent of the average woman’s daily caloric needs and nearly 25 percent of the average man’s. It also contains 10 grams of saturated fat—that’s half the daily upper limit of saturated fat for most women and 40 percent for most men. Costs to treat diet-related diseases in the U.S. are estimated at up to $735 billion annually; excessive meat consumption figures largely in heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

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