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McDonald's adds calories to menu boards

McDonald's calorie counts are right on the board McDonald's calorie counts are right on the board
McDonald's Kristina Schoh explains the change McDonald's Kristina Schoh explains the change

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Nearly 68 million people eat from this chain around the world every day. You've probably guessed correctly, we're talking about McDonald's.

Kristina Schoh, Community Relations Manager Courtesy Corporation says, "For the number five you'll see that it starts off at 380 calories which is just the sandwich alone and it ranges to the very top option of getting a regular coke, with a large fry with your fish sandwich."

McDonalds now has more than just the price listed with each menu option. You'll also notice a calorie count.  Some say it's now easier than ever to know just how much you're consuming even when the information is a little frightening.

Spencer Stevenson chose a McDouble and small fries. He says, "It's probably like the less calories and I don't wanna get a big meal because that is a lot of fattening sugars and everything so it's pretty bad."

Even though the information is readily available, people still need to understand nutritional needs.

Rochester Athletic Club Fitness Director Josh Karow says, "One meal could be a big mac, fries and a soft drink, you're looking at 1,000 if not more calories. For a lot, that's over half of their daily allowance."

And burning that meal might take more work than you'd expect.

Karow explains, "You're looking to do quite a few miles for that. I know if you look at an elliptical you're probably talking close to two hours just to burn that meal off."

Leading some to think twice.

Steve Bieniek says, "What makes a big difference is they show the calories that you burn and you realize how much you have to work to burn the same calories that you're eating."

McDonald's says polls show 80 percent of Americans favor the menu addition.

Schoh says, "So this is just one more opportunity to give our customers that easy, convenience of making that quick decision making order whether it's at the front counter or in the drive thru."

But not everyone says they'll make a different menu choice because of it.

Skip Grinhaug explains, "There's a lot of home cooked meals that have a lot more calories than what you'd get here."

You'll want to pay close attention to the calorie listings just like you do on regular nutrition labels. For example, if you're looking at the 20 piece nugget option a quick glance looks like it's 470 calories but that's just for one serving - meaning the 20 pieces will actually set you back 940 calories plus anything else you get to go with it.

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