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1996 McDonalds Hamburger

I teach a workshop titled Healthy Choices for Children.  It’s a class for parents seeking solutions to how to improve the way they eat. It’s about the alternative food market, organics, and the top ten food additives to avoid and why, menu planning and more.  It’s a 3 session fabulously informative interactive class.

Below is my absolutely favorite prop.

People are always astounded when I share this.

I have used this as show and tell for a very long time.

This is a hamburger from McDonalds that I purchased in 1996.

That was 12 years ago.

Note that it looks exactly like it did the very day I bought it.

The flecks on the burger are crumbs from the bun.

The burger is starting to crumble a bit.

It has the oddest smell.

The paper and bag in the backround is circa 2008 – to add decor to the photo. My friend Robyn’s idea.

This is the retro welch’s grape juice plastic container I have always kept it in. People always ask me – what did you do to preserve it ?

Nothing – it preserved itself.

Ladies, Gentleman, and children alike – this is a chemical food. There is absolutely no nutrition here.

Not one ounce of food value.  Or at least value for why we are eating in the first place.

The burger on the right, off the paper is a 2008 burger.  I had to buy it to get the groovy paper and bag.

The meat is a tad darker, the bun a little less golden but in 12 years it will look exactly like that too.

Do you find this horrifying?

McDonalds fills an empty space in your belly. It does nothing to nourish the cell, it is not a nutritious food.

It is not a treat.

I marvel at how McDonalds has infiltrated our entire world. A hamburger here tastes exactly the same in China or some around the world place.

It’s cloned.

Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

Do me a favor and share this.

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19 Responses to Welcome

  1. James Nye says:

    Hello there

    My name is James Nye and I am a journalist with a UK press agency called Barcroft Media

    I have just this day seen the results of my article on Sally Davies and her very similar ‘Happy Meal Project’ where she kept a burger for 6 months.

    Yours of course compared is staggering.

    Could we please make contact with a view to doing an article?


  2. wap-tek says:


    oh my god!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Katie Moreno says:

    Is it weird that I find the 12 year old burger to look more appetizing than the one from 2008? …It’s certainly not comforting, at least.

  4. Indiana says:

    And then we all wonder why there are so many occurrences of cancer everywhere? How many of us are actually eating real “food” and not chemicals designed to smell good?

  5. Trish says:

    I hope you realize that bacteria would have grown on it by now and so would have mold. So there is not way it is still intact and preserved so well. Can you say E. coli?

    • kari n. says:

      Exactly right…there is NO way there would be no mold on this. Try it yourself people and you’ll find. Common sense.

  6. Sarah says:

    My sister works at Mcdonalds and was shown a video doing the exact same thing, yes the burger did last a while however the chips did not. I know that this will probably horrify people just like Morgan Spurlock’s documentary did but people will still eat from there even if a burger can survive 12 years without decay

  7. anom says:

    Actually, you are a bit wrong in the ending there. A McDonald´s hamburger does not taste really taste the same everywhere around the world. And, I am writing from experience from myself and others across the globe.

  8. Mary says:

    I read that McDonald’s burgers are made of beef, salt and pepper. If that’s the case, then they must be using a Heck of a lot of salt. I say that because salt cures meat. It makes it resistant to bacteria and decomposition…take a look at jerky, for instance. Imagine how much sodium must be in that burger for it to have withstood 14 years of sitting around. Wow.

  9. Mikie says:

    Michael Morre’s “Supersize Me” was more fact than fiction! That guy ate McD’s for one month and almost killed himself! Amazing!

  10. Stacey Shape says:

    Hey Karen, loved to see your name at Yahoo news yesterday with Sally Davis’ project. It is so important to raise awareness of what this food can do or not do for your body.
    I am just a bit shocked about the comments on Brett Michael Dykes’ article. Mixed reviews but an overwhelming support for this type of food. We need more voices like yours.

  11. Johnny Moscow says:

    Eterna-burger…wow. I know for a fact mold won’t grow on their fries. Go buy a car from 1985, you’ll find one in it somewhere.

  12. Hayley says:

    this is why my children will never not ever eat fast food! I even went as far as pulling my daughter from a local preschool after seeing they had a mini mcD’s as a main play station within the classroom…complete with $1 menu, uniforms, empty fries containers, and hanging golden arches! When I asked the school to remove it or change it to a ‘farmers market’ or pet store, they balked and refused to do it on the grounds that they wanted “the children to be familiar with something they love within the community” – how bout them apples! Welcome to the midwest!

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  15. Voice of (T)reason says:

    “this is a chemical food.”

    Of course it is. All food is chemical – it’s comprised of elements and their resulting compounds. Heck, “organic” means that it’s comprised, in part, of carbon.

    “There is absolutely no nutrition here.”

    That is patently and factually untrue. Of course it has nutritional value. Protein, carbohydrates, sodium, and probably fortified with vitamins and minerals, to name a few. The person who eats this food gets nutrition from it – their body processes it and pulls out what it can use. To claim otherwise is to say that someone who eats only McDonald’s will lose weight – and I think we both know that’s ludicrous.

    Your exaggeration doesn’t help your cause – it makes you lose credibility. Call this what it is – industrialized, processed food with enough preservatives and/or natural resistance to keep it from rotting/molding, even over a long time.

    Also keep in mind the other food items that may fare just as well under the same experimental conditions – nuts, raisins, pickles, maple syrup, beef jerky, sauerkraut, dried apricots, jalapenos, etc.

    I don’t think even McDonald’s would say that their burgers are healthy, but to put them in the same category as arsenic and prolonged nuclear radiation exposure is simple alarmism.

  16. adam says:

    do you keep it in a fridge?

    regardless, it’s disgusting. mcdonalds has no place in my life these days although i must admit i’ve eaten plenty of it over the years.

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