Yuk!… How long do you think you can keep a McDonald hamburger without it decomposing?

So, how long do you think you can keep a McDonald hamburger on your shelf, without it decomposing? 2 hours? 8 hours? 2 days? 2 weeks perhaps?

Nope, you are still far from the truth…

Believe it or not, according to Karen Hanrahanyou can keep it for 12 years! And counting! As you can judge by yourself on the picture below, it looks exactly like a fresh one…

The hamburger on the right is from 2008; the one on the left is from 1996.

So let’s make sense of that. We know that any food decomposes rather rapidly right? Think of leaving your bread on your kitchen bench. It goes hard, and then mould develops pretty fast, doesn’t it? So why is the McDonald hamburger resisting any decomposition?

Dr Mercola puts it best: “Part of the embalmed-like feature of the meat patty can be explained by the fact it contains excessive amounts of sodium (salt), which is a natural preservative that has been used throughout history. But what about the bun? If you read the list of ingredients in these buns, this mysterious mummification becomes less of a mystery:

  • calcium sulfate (Plaster of Paris) [which may explain why it feels like a brick in your stomach once you’ve eaten it…]
  • calcium carbonate (Antacid)
  • ammonium sulfate (Harmful if swallowed)
  • ammonium chloride (Causes irritation to the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea)
  • calcium propionate (Preservative)
  • sodium propionate (Mold inhibitor)”

As Dr Mercola adds, “that these foods don’t decompose is a clear sign that they aren’t real foods, and should not be part of your diet.” Yep, indeed…



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