Whenever I eat at In-N-Out with someone new, they comment on how it’s interesting that I eat my fries first. I do it because I happen to think that fries and burgers are about the same “goodness” when first cooked. However, the goodness of fries decreases exponentially over time (to a point) whereas a burger’s goodness decreases more linearly. This means that I can maximize intake of goodness by eating my fries first.
If you like fries more than the burger, the case is even clearer:
But how about those who like the burger much more than fries? I think such people will still maximize their intake of goodness by eating fries first:
Note that if you can finish your burgers and fries within 5 minutes of them being cooked, it shouldn’t matter as much which you eat first.
Maybe later on, I’ll think about doing an analysis that takes into account the decreasing goodness of food over the course of a meal (that is, a food item eaten when one is hungry always has a higher goodness value than the same food item eaten when one is not as hungry). I think the conclusion will be the same, though.
Eat your fries first.