21 March 2010

Birthday wishes to year old McDonald's Happy Meal with no decay

One year ago, in an attempt to prove the power of preservatives, author Joann Bruso, placed a newly purchased McDonald's Happy Meal, uncovered, on a shelf in her office. On March 3, 2010 the Happy Meal celebrated its first birthday with surprisingly little change.

During the first days of the experiment, Bruso wrote, “My husband is concerned about the odor. I ask, ‘What do ya mean?’ After all it smells yummy. He says, ‘What about when it putrefies, decomposes, and turns rancid?’ I answer, ‘That’s the point of my experiment. It’s NOT supposed to decompose, only a natural food would do that! If it does, I’ll move it into a glass container, to control any unpleasant smell. Then, I’ll have more to report.’”

Over the year, the bun turned crusty and the hamburger patty shrunk a bit, but to-date no mold is present and Brusso never experienced any foul odor issues.

“Food is supposed to decompose, go bad, and smell foul…eventually,” says Brusso. “Food is broken down into its essential nutrients in our bodies and turned into fuel. Our children grow strong bodies, when they eat real food. Flies ignore a Happy Meal and microbes don’t decompose it, then your child’s body can’t properly metabolize it either. Now you know why it’s called “junk food.”

The author continues, “I think ants, mice and flies are smarter than people, because they weren’t fooled. They never touched the Happy Meal. Children shouldn’t either.”

Joann Bruso, author of Baby Bites - Transforming A Picky Eater Into A Healthy Eater, lives with her husband of 40 years outside of Denver, CO. She has four grown daughters and eight grandchildren.

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Photo Credit: Joann Bruso