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You are what you eat?

Monday, November 01, 2010

We all fall victim (or at least I have) to a quick fast food run.  Well I was a little shocked when I discovered  artist and photographer Sally Davies McDonalds Happy Meal picture project.  She left a Happy Meal exposed in her kitchen for 6 months and astonishingly the shape and form barely changed, no mold, no decomposing, Sally said "The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock".  In response to Davies' project, McDonald's spokeswoman Theresa Riley had this statement:  "McDonald's hamburger patties in the United States are made with 100% USDA-inspected ground beef," Riley wrote. "Our hamburgers are cooked and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else -- no preservatives, no fillers. Our hamburger buns are baked locally, are made from North American-grown wheat flour and include common government-approved ingredients designed to assure food quality and safety. ... According to Dr. Michael Doyle, Director, Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia, 'From a scientific perspective, I can safely say that the way McDonald's hamburgers are freshly processed, no hamburger would look like this after one year unless it was tampered with or held frozen.'"  Are you what you eat?  Hmmm, what do you think does this food seem like real food to you when natural produce molds when left out? 

{Achelle is the Creative Director, Brand Ambassador and official Makeup Artist for e.l.f. cosmetics}


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MissFadri wrote:
1) 11/1/2010 11:13:34 AM
That is very disgusting! In our modern society, we think that "the faster, the better".. it must not apply to fast food. Nutrition and health should be the number one priority of our government. FDA should make health regulations for food chains.
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misssalom wrote:
2) 11/1/2010 11:14:21 AM
How disgusting! Really makes you think about getting fast-food next time!
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Melsy wrote:
3) 11/1/2010 11:21:52 AM
That's kind of creepy, but will probably not stop me from eating fast food. It's a treat for my kid.
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HollyDoll wrote:
4) 11/1/2010 11:22:37 AM
Another reason I never eat at McDonalds!
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PPR wrote:
5) 11/1/2010 11:27:33 AM
The Food and Drug Administration should start an official complain investigation against such fast food chains and hold them responsible for their actions
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Nugsma wrote:
6) 11/1/2010 11:29:08 AM
This is just a sample of the food we (and our children) consume regularly. Consider just one day this week-how much of the food that day was "pre"-pared? I think I will try harder this week to avoid those foods and make more "whole" foods for my family.
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AirDK wrote:
7) 11/1/2010 11:29:40 AM
Anything that can be left that long and not grow anything should be a warning sign for everyone to just stay away. The amount of chemicals, preservatives and additives that must be included to prevent this from happening can't be healthy for anyone. It's a much better idea to stick to whole foods instead of fast food.
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ohhbella0310 wrote:
8) 11/1/2010 11:30:49 AM
sick.... i think ill cut back on my fast food habbits a bit!!! but not completely..... :)
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Melyssa wrote:
9) 11/1/2010 11:31:49 AM
That honestly disgusts me. Fast food has been sickening to me lately and this gives me more of a reason not to eat it. Thanks for the article!
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Irish wrote:
10) 11/1/2010 11:35:45 AM
eeewwww that's disgusting! I barely eat McDonalds anymore thank goodness!
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nevagem84 wrote:
11) 11/1/2010 11:38:23 AM
That is scary to see. If it sat in her kitchen for that long without decomposing or molding, imagine how it sits inside our bodies! It makes me sick to my stomach to think of it barely digesting!
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Dreany wrote:
12) 11/1/2010 11:39:26 AM
My son did a project a few years ago, where he had to grow mold on some bread. The only bread that grew mold was some bread from the natural food store - and it took about a week. The processed breads from the grocery store grew no mold and we threw most of it away after two months. However, the bread that was wet and kept in the sun eventually grew mold. With all the processing done to food, I could see where this might be conceivable.
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vivi wrote:
13) 11/1/2010 11:44:00 AM
You are what you eat. That being said, our stomaches have a very acidic PH and a single happy meal won't do any harm but the thought of having something laying out that long and no actual decaying is gross. It's like plastic.
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lcraig wrote:
14) 11/1/2010 11:44:13 AM
Ick! Unfortunately McDs is one of my child's favorite places to eat - good thing we don't eat out that often! Maybe even less now...
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ANM wrote:
15) 11/1/2010 11:46:31 AM
I know i have fallen victim to a quick fast food meals quite a few times. However, this article makes you rethink what exactly are we putting in our stomachs. Is scary to know that they may be adding an ingrediant to perserve the food, and its even scarier not know exactly what goes in these meals.
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Bride.to.be4-2-11 wrote:
16) 11/1/2010 11:47:06 AM
Wow... I fall victim to fast food way too often! But, seeing this I definitely think that McDonald's (and other fast food chains) need to come clean about their foods. In no way should food be able to stay mold-free after so many days. It truly is disgusting.
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emidee wrote:
17) 11/1/2010 11:47:16 AM
This is scary. I really do hope it's a hoax. But either way, the American diet is terrible and we need to change the way we eat.
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LdyBug wrote:
18) 11/1/2010 11:48:36 AM
There goes my lunch plans!
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AznDoLL wrote:
19) 11/1/2010 11:49:58 AM
It obviously is not natural, I am really interested to know what they are really using to produce their product. If you Really think abouut it how is it even digesting through your body?
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aliceee wrote:
20) 11/1/2010 11:51:15 AM
ekk. really makes you wonder whats in that stuff and how old is the stuff that we get at mcds since their stuff never molds. it's so surprising that even the bread didnt mold. really makes you think twice about eating fast food
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KMR wrote:
21) 11/1/2010 11:51:28 AM
I'm not surprised. Once, when I was helping my sister clean her car, we found some fries that had fallen out of a take out bag and rolled under the driver's seat. They looked exactly like fresh ones, but were hard as rocks, just like the photograhper said. No idea what they're putting in their food, but ordinary produce would have been beyond gross by then. Personally, I am trying to eat clean - very limited processed foods. I really think it makes your body feel a lot better (not to mention stay slimmer) to not be taking in all this artificial stuff.
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Dee21 wrote:
22) 11/1/2010 11:57:48 AM
I don't think reading this will stop many people from eating fast food but it is definitely something to think about especially with the high obesity and heart disease we have today.
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silentsweet wrote:
23) 11/1/2010 11:57:51 AM
Wow, that is just sad that so many us are ingesting this kind of stuff inside our bodies constantly. I don't know who is to blame though...the people who cannot afford to eat healthy food who then resort to McDonald's or the McDonald's Corporation and our government's food subsidies that continue to keep the price of healthy food much higher than fast food.
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AshRieder wrote:
24) 11/1/2010 11:58:28 AM
Sometimes fast food is just easy to grab on the run...but this will definitely make me rethink where I stop next time.
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Mand wrote:
25) 11/1/2010 12:00:54 PM
Ekk so yucky... but a cool project!
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DeltaQueen wrote:
26) 11/1/2010 12:25:59 PM
This is my first time hearing about this and this has me really thinking about what am I eating at McDonalds. I thinks that USDA should inspect the food again or something.Maybe McDonalds is paying them some money to lie to us. Now I don't want to eat at McDonalds again and now I'm going to tell this to my friends and see what they say about this!
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Belle Edlynn wrote:
27) 11/1/2010 12:32:50 PM
Thats gross I am not eating there again unless i HAVE to
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knowsbetter wrote:
28) 11/1/2010 12:44:21 PM
We need to stop seeing these kinds of fast food products as a "TREAT", instead a treat would be an organic apple or a chicken that was raised on a local farm. Chemical free, hormone free and fed grass--not corn subsidized by our gov't.
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Vegan for life wrote:
29) 11/1/2010 1:01:32 PM
Does it really matter? What matters is that this "hamburger" was a feeling, sentient being, not unlike a dog or cat, who was brutally slaughtered for his/her body then turned into a carnival act in someone's kitchen. That "hamburger" had a face, a heart, a life. Think about it and make the leap. Go vegan!
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jennypenny wrote:
30) 11/1/2010 12:55:51 PM
Notice that the spokeswoman says "...made WITH..." not "made OF;" What she neglects to include is "...and soy." I know someone that works @ McDonald's, and they have told me that everything in there, down to the chicken mcnuggets, is made mostly of soy; that's how they can keep selling you a double cheeseburger that costs less than a cheeseburger with only one patty. The only items that aren't are the fries, the salads, and the breast of chicken on the grilled chicken sandwiches. So just because they're not cooked with fillers, doesn't mean they're not *made* with them. It's disgusting.
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ladyboarder9669 wrote:
31) 11/1/2010 1:58:37 PM
Man I love McDonalds...but I know I should cut down on the fast food!
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pirategirl wrote:
32) 11/1/2010 2:20:39 PM
this is horrible I saw that movie supersize me and it's just disgusting that they can endorse this and say that is 100% all natural no perservatives this stuff kills!
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heycandace wrote:
33) 11/1/2010 2:43:55 PM
I also saw the ridiculous crap about McDonald's food in supersize me, and it made me completely sick! Thank you McDonald's for giving America an easy way to die. I never eat there and refuse to support anything they call food. The only thing McDonald's cares about is taking money from Americans, not giving a crap if they live or die.....sounds really similar to the tobacco company....
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I know :) wrote:
34) 11/1/2010 2:46:56 PM
I can say from friends and family working at mc'ds that there meat is frozen pattys that they slap on the grill. So if this is any helpful glad i could help. but i can't speak on the whole ingredient list it has in them no one knows that lol..
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Jaka wrote:
35) 11/1/2010 3:33:50 PM
If its not breaking down after 6 months, whats it doing to those eating it. I too have fallen into the "No time, we'll pick something up on the way" but after reading this, I am disturbed of what my family and I are eating. Thank you for posting this, and getting the word out.
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ssbn1516 wrote:
36) 11/1/2010 4:21:59 PM
I heard about this once and it so gross!!!! I stopped eating at McDonald's a long time ago after I found out that one thing of their large fries is 1000 calories!!!!!!!! It says it right there on the container but I guess no besides me bothered to look.
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hooksline wrote:
37) 11/1/2010 5:38:45 PM
Well, no comment on my daughter's housekeeping, but I have seen moldy Mcdonald's before. Unless that Happy Meal had been sprayed with plastic, there is no way that it would lookd as pristine as it does in that photo! Fast food isn't "good" for you, but it's not THAT bad!!!
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Chick97 wrote:
38) 11/1/2010 5:40:26 PM
ok that's just disgusting to think I ate this stuff a few days ago. It's so revolting to think how much preservatives are in that :P. So gross
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E. Marie wrote:
39) 11/1/2010 6:30:34 PM
that is appalling and it didn't shock a co-worker when i read the article aloud to him
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Roe wrote:
40) 11/1/2010 7:23:26 PM
This is so gross! I'd heard of the experiment but I didn't believe it; I'm pretty disgusted that it's true. I bet it's also not McDonald's food that's like this, I'm sure many of the fast-food and national chain restaurants use an equal amount of chemicals in their food. :(
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Holy Cow... lol wrote:
41) 11/1/2010 8:29:33 PM
well i guess in a way thats a good thing but at the same time its nasty. The things we eat now days, you never know anymore. 'rose'
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stefie wrote:
42) 11/1/2010 10:23:37 PM
i feel sorry for the animals who have to eat all these chemically "inriched" foods so they can grow twice as fast in less time ....and i did leave out chicken nugets once for like a week and no mold...nothing not even a fly wanted to sit on it....it got hard and was like when you have papper mushey and it dries up...thats how it felt....i might have had some words miss spelled here...sry...but yea mc.donalds...need to get inspected by the gov.
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crochetannie wrote:
43) 11/2/2010 7:20:48 AM
if the conditions are correct in the storage place-little humidity, proper room temp., food items can and will dry out & not get moldy. Don't leave on or near the stove or refrigerator, don't disturb the items & you'll get pet rocks. Doesn't make the food more appetizing, tho.
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meowcats wrote:
44) 11/2/2010 8:56:58 AM
It is disgusting and scary. I wouldn't be surprised if the FDA knows all about this....it's all about the money...one hand washes the other....
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bozo wrote:
45) 11/2/2010 10:43:10 AM
Has anyone tried this experiment with Burger King cause I think that burger king and mcdonalds use different things and cook differently.
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jjashik wrote:
46) 11/2/2010 11:32:16 AM
I remember seeing this on T.V. I think.. They got McDonalds french fry and a real potato fry and let it sit for a year. The mcdonald one just got hard and didn't mold or anything while the real potato one turned nasty I think. I can't remeber clearly. hhahah but I don't think it'll keep me from stop eating mcdonalds D:
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jbowl wrote:
47) 11/3/2010 1:10:02 AM
I read about this on Yahoo not so long ago. Very gross, that we are putting this into our bodies and letting our children eat this too. I am guilty of it like anyone. But I know that when I can get my family on raw or whole foods, we are SO much healthier and more pleasent to be around, because we are not junked up on sugar and processed foods. Seeing as this is a beauty site, I can say I really see the difference in my skin when I am eating healthy and nutriously.
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gigijonas95 wrote:
48) 11/3/2010 2:54:25 PM
We are recreating this experiment in school! It's been almost a month and the burger and fries are hard as a rock and very dehydrated. They also have no smell! We are observing it until June 2011!
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ACR wrote:
49) 11/3/2010 6:24:53 PM
I saw this blog last week and I just broke down and ate McDonald's today because it was cheap and easy, smh :P
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i heart makeup wrote:
50) 11/4/2010 5:37:32 PM
I am not fan of fast food, but to be fair, things need moisture to mold. If the food dried out then it wouldn't mold - but on the plus side, you could use the burger for a hockey puck. I think you'd get similar results if you left a homemade cookie on a plate in a dry climate.
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Lucy342 wrote:
51) 11/6/2010 5:47:40 PM
I didn't grow up eating fast food, especially not McDees. You guys really need to watch Supersize Me AND Food Inc... shows the truth behind the food industry.
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lacunaaa wrote:
52) 11/6/2010 11:53:11 PM
http://gizmodo.com/5682815/the-truth-behind-the-everlasting-happy-meal-no-burgers-that-size-rot food for thought? not that i'm condoning one should live off of mcdonalds..
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kimby wrote:
53) 11/7/2010 7:07:34 PM
I personally believe that the food would have to have additives in order to last that long. There is no way the food could set out that long without having mold or turning color unless there were something added. It seems as if everything we eat contains something that is not good for you, unless you only eat organic foods.
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d pIe wrote:
54) 11/8/2010 12:07:25 PM
Don't forget Almond milk!
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amandap wrote:
55) 11/9/2010 11:41:45 AM
That's nasty. Well, if you are what you eat and you eat something that stays the same forever...maybe we found the fountain of youth...it was just hidden under a fountain of grease.
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MsPoca22 wrote:
56) 11/9/2010 6:46:17 PM
I highly doubt that a burger made from fresh meat can stay mold, bacteria or even maggot free for that long. "Fresh" ingredients? I don't think so. Fast food chicken isn't even chicken anymore, it's mixed with soy, etc and formed into chicken-looking shapes. Gross.
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shakkalukka wrote:
57) 12/30/2010 8:53:31 PM
I find it interesting that almost everybody says they don't eat fast food...so who are all those people who do. Fast food chains make a ton of money - so someone surely has to eat it, so they can make their profit, no? Yet everybody claims they don't eat it. In any case, obviously it's preferable to have healthier food than fast food, but for many people it is unfortunately a money issue. It's cheaper to eat at McDonald's than to buy organic produce and cook everything from scratch.
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