When you're putting a Happy Meal in your body, let's just say your gut probably isn't so happy.
That's because, as stomach-churning Facebook post shows us, a Happy Meal from 2010 looks just as "fresh" as a brand-new McDonald's meal.
Jennifer Lovdahl, 33, a chiropractor living in Anchorage, Alaska, posted a picture of her aged fries and chicken nuggets along with the receipt she got six years ago taped to her Happy Meal container. She explained her reason for keeping the snacks as part of an experiment to warn patients about the dangers of fast food.
Lovdahl predicts the box holding the meal will decompose before the contents do and has remarked the receipt has disintegrated more quickly than the food.
As shocking as it may appear to many fast food lovers, this isn’t the first time a McDonald’s food item has proven to have an impossible shelf life. In 2013, Jacqueline Vaughn, another chiropractor from Michigan, purchased a McDonald’s cheeseburger and a Taco Bell chicken taco and kept them for two years without them showing any signs of rot. She also claimed that even though the food laid in her office for years, not a single fly came to sit on it.
Another consumer who conducted the same experiment reported the meat and fries have turned to a “very hard material that feels similar to plastic” and even her dogs refused to eat it.
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There have been numerous such cases scattered all over the world where McDonald’s food refuses to disintegrate.
McDonald’s USA has tried to explain the burgers will rot under “specific” conditions, expediting if there is enough moisture in the air. However, customers remain unconvinced as they allege again and again that homemade food perishes within a certain time period while the fast food chain’s meals do not.
Many have conjectured that it is because of the high levels of chemicals and preservatives in the snacks that keep them looking fresh.
Regardless of the mystery of the indestructible burger, McDonald’s is notorious for having no concern whatsoever for ethics. Last week, the restaurant added a “healthy” salad options to its Canadian menu — and the salads shockingly have more sodium, more fat and less protein than a Big Mac.