I will no longer eat a McDonald’s burger.

Yup. That’s my new year’s resolution…

I resolve not to eat a McDonald’s burger, or any fastfood burger for that matter, for as long as I can.

The Reason

I already know that it’s not the healthiest of foods. It is high in fat and is nutritionally deficient. I even know that eating one reacts badly with my body. Ever since I started running and attempted to eat more healthily, I’ve noticed that a few hours after eating a burger… I’d feel weird. It’s probably because of all the chemicals in the burger ‘poisoning’ my body. However, inspite of knowing all these, I never did stop eating McDonald’s burgers. Well, that is until I came across this story in the internet…


In 2008, Karen Hanrahan posted in her blog Best of Mother Earth this picture of a McDonald’s burger that she’s kept for 12 years! The burger on the left is the burger from 1996 and the one on the right was a newly bought burger. They sure look quite similar…

* downladed from http://bestofmotherearth.com/2008/09/24/1996-mcdonalds-hamburger.html*

Just recently, this experiment was repeated by Sally Davies, a New York-based artist, who photographed her burger daily for 6 months to see what would happen to it. And lo and behold, six months later, the burger (and fries) has hardly changed! The only changes she’s noted is that “it has become hard as a rock,” and “the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it.” (Probably looks like those food decors outside some Japanese restaurants).

*downloaded from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1319562/McDonalds-Happy-Meal-bought-Sally-Davies-shows-sign-mould-6-months.html*

However, I wasn’t sure if these claims were true. It just seems too perplexing. Why wouldn’t those burgers not show any hints of decay? Was it because they’re so full of chemicals and preservatives that they’re already resistant to decomposition?

An article in yahoo seems to confirm this since I read that to ensure that beef in burger patties are free of bacteria, they are usually treated with ammonia, which is a chemical found in fertilizers and some household cleaning agents. So is the ‘cleansing’ the burgers undergo so strong that no living thing can survive in them after?

In defense of the McDonald’s burger, I read that a McDonald’s spokeswoman has said that “McDonald’s hamburger patties in the United States (my question though is how about in other countries?) are made with 100% USDA-inspected ground beef. Our hamburgers are cooked with and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else – no preservatives, no fillers.” In addition, she also states that Davies’ experiment was “completely unsubstantiated.” So if we’re to believe that statement from McDonald’s, why the heck doesn’t their burger rot?


To be continued…


One thought on “I will no longer eat a McDonald’s burger.

  1. Fast food industry has been with us for around 50 years now. Today, fast food industry especially McDonalds has served the humanity billions and billions of burgers not including the fries. But with all the billions and billions served by the fast food joints the planet had to offer immense amounts of resources to sustain the fast food chain. The Earth, our home planet had to take a beating and still does to keep the consumers happy. The worst in my opinion is the idea to cut down the Amazon Rain Forest in Central America by cattle ranchers to supply the same tasting beef to all fast food chain locations. Lots of beef, lots of pork, and lots of everything else is needed to sustain the fast food chains and only few suppliers are profiting. We as human being are paying the ultimate price by allowing the mega corporations to destroy this planet and the lives of people affected by the obesity. Corporate pigs are hungry for your dollar and will harm the planet for it, as shown time and again. Personally, no longer a consumer of fast food and have joined a fitness club to weight train. I’m lovin’ my health and will no longer tolerate eating fast food. Good luck to all who care about their health and watch Food Inc. a documentary on today’s food market.

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