This Happy Meal Looks Completely Normal…But That’s Actually The Problem


By this point, most of us know that eating McDonald’s isn’t the healthiest thing that we can do for our bodies. In addition to the sodium and saturated fat, there’s tons of evidence pointing toward the fact that the food doesn’t decompose.

While we know the effect of a few months of leaving McDonald’s out, what does that same food look like after a few years? Luckily, we have Jennifer Lovdahl from Anchorage, Alaska, to help us out…

According to her Facebook post, Lovdahl purchased the Happy Meal pictured below January 8, 2010. For the last six years, she has kept the meal intact. So what does it look like today?

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Ta-da! Can you believe these chicken nuggets and fries are more than six years old? There’s not a speck of mold on anything.

“It’s been 6 years since I bought this ‘Happy Meal’ at McDonald’s. It’s been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard,” wrote Lovdahl.


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While it seems unnatural that McDonald’s food doesn’t decay at all, the restaurant actually has a surprisingly plausible explanation for the phenomenon.


According to an FAQ on the McDonald’s website: “Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form. Without it, food will simply dry out — sort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to make croutons for stuffing. You might have seen experiments which seem to show no decomposition in our food. Most likely, this is because the food has dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur.”


(via Mandatory)

While that’s fairly disturbing, I guess the science behind the non-rotting food makes sense. Still, that doesn’t make me any more eager to have McDonald’s for lunch.

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