Sally Davies conducted The Happy Meal Project one Saturday afternoon in her New York apartment. She purchased a happy meal from her local McDonald’s and placed it on the shelf of her apartment and went about her business. Six months went by and the same happy meal still sat there taking up space on her apartment shelf. Surprisingly nothing much had changed. The burger still looked just as good as the day she bought it. Davies photographed the meal every day for a year and a half to document the progress, or in this case, lack there of. As a vegan, Davies describes her happy meal experience as “amusing” rather than scary, although she admits if she ate meat she would be frightened!
So why did the happy meal look practically the same as it did the day it was purchased? Why had Davies’ dogs stop smelling for it after the first day? And why did mold choose to stay away?
The main reason that the happy meal didn’t decompose after so much time had passed is because of the off-the-chart amount of sodium content it contained. The burger and the bun remained free of mold for so long because of the laundry list of chemicals that go into making it: partially-hydrogenated soybean oil, ammonium sulfate and sodium proprionate, just to name a few. With so much salt and chemicals this “meal” evolves into something that lacks any real food qualities at all.
The most frightening take-away from this project is the idea that humans are the only creatures willing to touch this “food.” Now isn’t that a scary thought?!
Yours In Health,
Stella Metsovas, B.S., CCN
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