McDonalds Menu Items – Price Per Calorie (Which item gives you the most calories for your money?)

Overview

The below chart shows which of the popular items on the McDonalds menu have the largest price per calorie (defined as: total item price/total item calories). As you can see, the the side salad comes in as the most expensive item on a price per calorie basis, whereas the sausage biscuit is the cheapest item on a price per calorie basis. All prices in USD for the state of Michigan.

Items Ranked by Lowest Price per Calorie with Total Calorie Shading

R Squared Between Price & Total Calories = 0.6

The following scatter plot shows the linear relationship between the price of an item and its total caloric value. As shown, the two variables are moderately correlated.

McDonalds - Scatterplot of Price vs. Calories for Popular Menu Items-page-001

Top 10 Cheapest Items: Price Per Calorie

McDonalds - Price Per Calorie with Total Calorie Overlay (Cheapest 10)

Top 10 Most Expensive Items: Price Per Calorie

McDonalds - Price Per Calorie with Total Calorie Overlay (Most Expensive 10)

Complete Ranked Reference Table

Reference Table

Price data was found here. Caloric values were found here.

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