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Do you really want to know how many calories that McRib has in it when you order a combo in the drive-thru? 

In order to be in compliance with upcoming federal health care requirements, drive-thru customers at McDonald's next week will soon see the cold, hard facts next to photos of their warm, soft burgers.  

"At McDonald's, we recognize customers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order,"  McDonald's USA President Jan Fields said in a statement Tuesday. "As a company that has provided nutrition information for more than 30 years, we are pleased to add to the ways we make nutrition information available to our customers and employees."  

So the question is, will you be less inclined to order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal if you see that you ingesting about 1,000 calories?

Were you under the impression that a two cheeseburger Extra Value Meal was better for your waistline than the Big Mac option? Actually both meals are about the same number of calories.

Did you know that the signature large order of McDonald's french fries has 500 calories? Or that a large caramel mocha coffee drink is 360 calories, even more than a small Oreo McFlurry (340 calories)?

Joe Finn, a sales manager from Oconomowoc, Wis., said he experienced a form of sticker shock at the calorie information posted at a hamburger restaurant when he traveled to California earlier this year for the Rose Bowl.

"All the calories were up there, and I thought, well, I'm not going to order that," said Finn, 51, who's trying to watch what he eats. He ended up picking the most basic burger, without cheese.

With contributions by AP

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