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A case for the fast-food value menu: It’s not as fattening

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For example, the Whopper meal at Burger King is 970 calories — that’s assuming you opt for small french fries and a Diet Coke, which doesn’t have any calories. Upgrade to large fries and you’re at 1,130 calories.

By contrast, you can order a Bacon Burger and small fries from the chain’s value menu and your meal would be 560 calories

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After reporting its latest quarterly results, McDonald’s also noted it would employ more "suggestive selling strategies" at the register to encourage people to try new products or add-ons, although it didn’t provide any details on what this would entail.

To combat such tactics, check out the nutrition information on restaurant websites ahead of time to decide what you want. The value menu can be a good guide post, but there are likely even more basic, inexpensive options that are relatively lower in calories.

A plain hamburger at McDonald’s, for example, is 250 calories. It’s usually less than $1.

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