Why is Fast Food Bad?

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  1. zyclon B gas

    zyclon B gas sososerious

    Apr 23, 2002
    McDonald’s Happy Meal resists decomposition for six months

    Vladimir Lenin, King Tut and the McDonald's Happy Meal: What do they all have in common? A shocking resistance to Mother Nature's cycle of decomposition and biodegradability, apparently.

    That's the disturbing point brought home by the latest project of New York City-based artist and photographer Sally Davies, who bought a McDonald's Happy Meal back in April and left it out in her kitchen to see how well it would hold up over time.

    The results? "The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock," Davies told the U.K. Daily Mail.

    She proceeded to photograph the Happy Meal each week and posted the pictures to Flickr to record the results of her experiment. Now, just over six months later, the Happy Meal has yet to even grow mold. She told the Daily Mail that "the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it."

    Davies -- whose art has been featured in numerous films and television shows and is collected by several celebrities -- told The Upshot that she initiated the project to prove a friend wrong. He believed that any burger would mold or rot within two or three days of being left on a counter. Thus began what's become known as "The Happy Meal Art Project."

    "I told my friend about a schoolteacher who's kept a McDonald's burger for 12 years that hasn't changed at all, and he didn't believe me when I told him about it," Davies told us. "He thought I was crazy and said I shouldn't believe everything that I read, so I decided to try it myself."

    Some observers of the photo series have noted that the burger's bun appears at different angles, and therefore aired suspicions that the Happy Meal may not in fact be as "untouched" as the project's groundrules stipulate. Davies says there's a simple explanation for the mobile-bun effect. "The meal is on a plate in my apartment on a shelf," she says, "and when I take it down to shoot it, the food slides around. It's hard as rock on a glass plate, so sure, the food is moving."

    Davies' friend was the person who should have done the additional research. Wellness and nutrition educator Karen Hanrahan has indeed kept a McDonald's hamburger since 1996 to show clients and students how resistant fast food can be to decomposition.

    As for Davies, she said that she might just keep her burger and fries hanging around for a while as well.
    "It's sitting on a bookshelf right now, so it's not really taking up any space, so why not?" she said. It ceased giving off any sort of odor after 24 hours, she said, adding: "You have to see this thing."

    In response to Davies' project, McDonald's spokeswoman Theresa Riley emailed The Upshot a statement defending the quality of the chain's food. Riley's email also blasted Davies' "completely unsubstantiated" work as something out of "the realm of urban legends."

    "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.'"

    McDonald’s Happy Meal resists decomposition for six months | The Upshot Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News

    Kinda makes you think about what you put into your body...
  2. TheNewGuy

    TheNewGuy New Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Personally I don't eat fast food, but if you can fit it into your macros for the day, once or twice a week will have no difference in body composition besides some bloating from high sodium, if any.
  3. dotjc149

    dotjc149 New Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    I never have been a fan of McDonalds even less so now after reading that. The buns etc always look "artificial".
  4. Drink8cokesAday

    Drink8cokesAday ALL DAY

    Nov 27, 2010
    i could eat nothin but kfc and burger king
  5. TWAMP$iN

    TWAMP$iN proper weaponry

    Feb 25, 1999
    great read.
  6. m.060.mm

    m.060.mm New Member

    Dec 28, 2010

    People are so hype about sodium which, unless you have blood pressure problems or a few neurological deficiencies, is easily regulated by your body.

    And then the high fructose corn syrup smear campaign where even breads that have maybe 25g sugar/loaf now advertise 'natural sugar, no HFCS!' Similar to this clearly deceptive experiment, many anecdotal experiments show processed foods performing feats that suggest anything from chemically altered to mutant properties.

    Corn syrup is natural. It's corn sugar broken down. Sucrose is a marginally longer carbohydrate. No practical difference in digestion and absolutely none in calories or nutritional value.

    I just looked it up. Colorectal cancer kills over three times as many people as type two diabetes does each year.

    Choose higher fiber foods to support colon health and protein to maintain the muscle mass needed to burn fat which lowers blood pressure - another problem far bigger than diabetes. Following those guidelines, a few extra calories from a refined sugar would be a drop in the bucket.

    Losing weight (moderate exercise and a reasonable diet) and consuming lower GI foods (fiber lowers the glycemic index of a food - as does fat and protein) will prevent the development of type two diabetes in the first place by increasing insulin sensitivity. Again, sugar consumption would be relegated to playing a very minor role in your overall health.

    To put things in perspective, if you want to scroll to the table on the second page, it shows the leading causes of death in 2000. Outdated but it was the first link I found. I have shit to do today aside from rant about nutritional misconceptions:


    TL;DR McDonald's won't kill you in moderation.
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