Happy Meal Anyone

June 14 2010

Grandmother and nutrition enthusiast, Joann Bruso, decided to do a little "at-home" science experiment to see what would happen to a McDonald's Happy Meal if she left it sitting out for an entire year. She wanted to see how long it would take for the burger and fries to break down and decompose and after 12 long months she took a picture so she could compare the differences.

As you can see from the photos above, after an entire year of sitting on a shelf in her home office, the Happy Meal looks almost exactly the same way it did the day she bought it! Bruso said on her blog, Baby Bites, that she was a bit worried at first that the Happy Meal would start to rot and make her office smell bad after a few weeks but said "It NEVER smelled bad. The food did NOT decompose. It did NOT get moldy, at all."

That's pretty scary if you think about it... just imagine how long that must sit in your belly after you eat it! Kind of makes me nauseous and will definitely dissuade me from ever being tempted by the smell of those fries again! Here's another small excerpt from Joann Bruso's blog.

The next time you're tempted to purchase a Happy Meal for your child, think about these photos. Food is SUPPOSED to decompose, go bad and smell foul... eventually. When I was a kid, I remember our garbage pail for the left over food scraps was kept by our back door. After a couple of days, flies deposited their larvae (maggots) in the meat. When I would lift the lid, I would see the recently hatched maggots wiggling on the putrid mess. A fly never bothered to land on the tiny hamburger patty on my office shelf.

Food is broken down into its essential nutrients in our bodies and turned into fuel. Our children grow strong bodies, when they eat real food. Flies ignore a Happy Meal and microbes don't decompose it, then your child's body can't properly metabolize it either. Now you know why it's called "junk food."

Article by (Train Online)  |  June 14 2010

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