A Very Happy Happy Meal

Mimi ON Apr 09, 2010 AT 10:25 am

1 Year Old Happy Meal

A Happy Meal celebrated a very momentous occasion in March; its first year anniversary of remaining on Blogger and nutritionist Joann Bruso’s office shelf.

Not something she’s normally opt to eat, Joann bought the meal for scientific purposes to test how how the meal would decompose. So she left it there and waited.

A year on and she had her worst fears confirmed. There had been little to no decomposition, not even mould showed its green, furry face.

Joann has described the miniscule changes as follows: “The bread is crusty and if you look closely, you will see a crack across the top. The hamburger has shrunk a bit and still resembles a hockey puck. Yet, the French fries look yummy enough to eat. I never had an odour problem, after a couple of weeks, I couldn’t even smell the fries.”

Bruso realizes that a Happy Meal exhibiting few changes after an entire year is not a good thing. Real food is meant to break down inside the body. If a burger can’t be decomposed even by microbes, then it is true, she asserts, that “your child’s body can’t properly metabolise it either.”

Apparently the reason for the lack of decomposition is down to the number of preservatives in the food. McDonald’s has attempted to counter claims of unhealthy ingredients by posting calorie counts and featuring some slightly healthier menu items, the actual ingredients are something you won’t hear them bragging about in their ad campaigns.

McDonalds claim that there aren’t any preservatives in the hamburger mixture but check out the ingredients so even a mere pickle… cucumbers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, sodium benzoate or potassium sorbate (preservative), natural flavor (vegetable source), alum, polysorbate 80, turmeric.

And then there’s the burger bun (in layman’s term… bread) which has ingredients that are too long to list but includes the ominous sounding preservative calcium propionate (which is what keeps that year-old bun looking daisy fresh), along with calcium peroxide and azodicarbonamide.

Elizabeth Kelly at the Knoxville Healthy Food Examiner commented that “the next time you think about buying a Happy Meal for your kids, consider the fact that it might just contain some of the same ingredients as the toy it comes with.”

Here here, how disgusting!

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