When comparing an Au Bon Pain double chocolate chunk muffin with a large order of McDonald's french fries, the muffin provides 70 MORE calories (570 calories vs. the large fries' 500 calories).
That's not all, folks.
This muffin also provides double the saturated fat of those large fries -- and 100 MORE milligrams of sodium!
Oh, and then there are those 11 teaspoons of added sugar.
These gigantic muffins truly irritate me because they suck away all the enjoyment from savoring a chocolatey baked good.
Why can't these simply be half the size (and calories)? A 285 calorie muffin sounds more reasonable -- and easier to justify as an occasional treat.
And anyone who says "just don't eat the whole thing!" needs to go up to their bedroom and read Brian Wansink's amazing book, Mindless Eating.