People like fast food because it’s, well, fast. They don’t have to wait too long and it’s cheap. Ever wonder why it’s like that? Hint: It’s not because they’re made from the highest quality ingredients.
A chiropractor in Michigan decided to buy a cheeseburger from McDonald’s and a chicken taco from Taco Bell and see how long it would take for the food to rot. She bough them in January 2013 and two years later…they look pretty much the same.
Most (actually all) food goes rotten or develops mold eventually, but that was not the case for Dr. Jaqueline Vaughn’s order. The food hasn’t even begun to smell bad. Vaughn put the food on display in her office, and there’s been no repercussions. One assistant said, “You would think there would at least be bugs coming around, but we don’t see any at all.”
Most people believe this lack of rotting proves that McDonald’s and other chains load their food with preservatives before serving them. A few years ago a Utah man kept a McDonald’s hamburger that didn’t disintegrate even after 14 years.
In response to their food behaving unlike every food previously in human history, McDonald’s said this:
“In the right environment, our burgers, fries and other menu items could decompose. The reason our food may appear not to decompose comes down to a matter of simple science. In order for decomposition to occur, you need certain conditions – specifically moisture. Without sufficient moisture – either in the food itself or the environment – bacteria and mold may not grow and therefore, decomposition is unlikely. So if food is or becomes dry enough, it is unlikely to grow mold or bacteria or decompose. Food prepared at home that is left to dehydrate could see similar results. Look closely, the burgers you are seeing are likely dried out and dehydrated, and by no means ‘the same as the day they were purchased.’”
Yeah, it looks the same. But the real question is how does it taste?