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I remember seeing the movie Super Size Me (wikipedia), which was Morgan Spurlock’s self-described documentary of living off McDonald’s food for 30 straight days.

An epilogue was added to the movie after it’s premiere that described how McDonald’s had added healthier choices to the menu, unrelated to the premier of the movie. However, it also showed that the salads could contain more calories than McDonald’s burgers,  if large amounts of cheese and dressing were added to the salad. Also a reminder of how salads can be worse in the fight to lose weight, if too much of the good stuff is added!

Does it bother you when I tell you/remind you of the story of the 14-month-old McDonald’s hamburger (BuzzFeed), that looked like it had just been sold and ready to eat? In fact, if you google old McDonald’s hamburger, you will see many entries on stories about Happy Meals and hamburgers that have stood the test of time.

Most articles attribute this “food quality” to the amount of preservatives in a McDonald’s hamburger. Enriched batter to help the buns be stored for long periods of time is just the start. The cheese is described as processed milk solid. The list goes on; but since it’s Monday morning’s blog, I don’t want to ruin breakfast or lunch.

I was interested in McDonald’s explanation as to why a 14-month-old hamburger could still look ready to eat:

In the example of a McDonald’s hamburger, the patty loses water in the form of steam during the cooking process. The bun, of course, is made out of bread. Toasting it reduces the amount of moisture. This means that after preparation, the hamburger is fairly dry. When left out open in the room, there is further water loss as the humidity within most buildings is around 40%. So in the absence of moisture or high humidity, the hamburger simply dries out, rather than rot.

That doesn’t really explain why there is a story about other McDonalds burgers and fries having no sign of “rot” after long periods of time. (

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog to pick on McDonald’s. I started getting carried into the town governed by Mayor Mccheese.

Instead, I was just aimlessly reading about foods that can cause cancer. (Here’s a list described at The Better Health Store) And reminded how we are all faced with difficult food choices. Especially when we are in a hurry. And, “they” say that now is the time that most New Year resolutions go by the wayside.

I guess it’s a good time to ask, “Do veggie burgers really have veggies?”. Do Doritos cause cancer? (article) When I was reading all the articles, I even saw an article that says that Nutella causes cancer. (Here) Right below that article, there was another that advised not to worry about Nutella. Maybe one good test would be whether it is good after being buried in a time capsule. Or maybe that’s the definition of what’s good!

And for our pic o’ day, it seemed apropos:


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