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A Two-Year-Old McDonald's Burger Looks Disgustingly Fresh

Think twice before convincing yourself that fast food is a legitimate substitute for a home-cooke...

A Two-Year-Old McDonald's Burger Looks Disgustingly Fresh

Think twice before convincing yourself that fast food is a legitimate substitute for a home-cooked meal. An ongoing experiment by Nebraska Dr. Andrew J. Rivera shows just how artificial and processed fast food really is.

When you walk through the door of Dr. Rivera’s Omaha office, you’ll notice a burger and fries displayed on a platform. The food looks pretty fresh – the bread isn’t moldy and the meat isn’t rotten. It looks like a normal McDonald’s meal.

Here’s the kicker: the food is over two years old.

“Our Happy Meal display is meant to show you the differences between fresh, pure food & processed food with additives,” Dr. Rivera said. “You see the ingredients; you make the choices. We do it because we CARE about your family’s health & their relationships with food.”

McDonald’s acknowledges that its food doesn’t rot. The company claims this is because they dehydrate their meats and breads of water. In the absence of water, McDonald’s claims, food won’t rot. But regardless of whether a food is initially dehydrated, it still comes in constant contact with moisture in the atmosphere. Any opened, unsealed food should begin to naturally decompose after a few weeks – let alone a few years. Even beef jerky – another dehydrated food -- goes bad in far less than two years after opening. McDonald’s infinitely fresh burger is a testament to the power of artificial preservatives.

“Eating on-the-go can be just as detrimental to your health as overeating and eating empty calories,” Rivera says. “So this challenge was a way to interrupt your daily patterns & inspire you to stop and take the time to prepare your food (and also taking the time to enjoy eating it!).”

Here are a few pictures of the burger and fries. Remember, the food you’re looking at is older than many people’s children:

A Two-Year-Old McDonald's Burger Looks Disgustingly Fresh

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14-Year-Old McDonald's Burger Looks the Same As On the Day It Was Made


14-Year-Old McDonald's Burger Looks the Same As On the Day It Was Made

A Utah man who appeared on a recent episode of daytime talk show The Doctors claims he has held on to a McDonald's burger for 14 years — and it looks the same today as on the day he first bought it.

"I was showing some people how enzymes work and I thought a hamburger would be a good idea. And I used it for a month and then forgot about it," David Whipple told the show's hosts. "It ended up in a paper sack in the original sack with the receipt in my coat tossed in the back of my truck and it sat there for, I don't know, two or three months."

The coat was then moved to Whipple's closet, where it remained until his wife dug it up along with the burger "a year or two" later.

"We pulled it out and said 'oh my gosh, I can't believe it looks the same way,'" Whipple said.

And it continues to maintain its ostensible freshness to this day, some 14 years after it was initially purchased.

Though he nearly sold it on eBay once — and for $2,000 no less — Whipple decided it was better to hold on to the burger for posterity's sake.

"It's great for the grandkids to see," he said. "To see what happens with fast food."
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