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Growing up, I was not a child that ate at fast food restaurants often.  Not sure how she did it all, but my Mom usually made a healthy, home-cooked meal most nights for my family.  Now that I’m a working-Mom of a four year old, I’m still amazed at how she made it look so easy. But one thing I try not to go for is processed, fast food.  Even before I joined Blackburn Training Center fast food was never that appealing to me.  So when I came across a fast food experiment with several of the leading fast food chains, I had to check it out.

Recently a study was conducted by BuzzFeed with seven burgers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr., Jack in the Box, In-N-Out, and Umami Burger. They took each burger and sealed them separately in a glass jar for 30 days.  (Click on the video below for the outcome.)



Out of the seven burgers only one did not show a sign of mold growth or decay, McDonald’s.  If you take a look on McDonald’s and their new section, “Our Food. Your Questions.” this is their answer to why their food does not rot:  “Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form. Without it, food will simply dry out – sort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to make croutons for stuffing. You might have seen experiments which seem to show no decomposition in our food. Most likely, this is because the food has dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur.”

I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t give me a real sense of comfort or enough explanation of why their food doesn’t spoil.  And what’s really inside their burgers that keeps them from decaying in comparison to the other fast food burgers?  We might not have all the answers for now, but one thing I do know is that I’ll be staying far away from the golden arches or any fast food restaurant.  Just a little food for thought!