Is that right? The McDonald's Happy Meal project
Okay, we get it. McDonald's food is weirdly impervious to the ravages of time. That's the finding from several amateur exercises, most recently one conducted by New York artist Sally Davies.
Davies (who, by the way, says she's a vegetarian), in April bought a McDonald's Happy Meal, brought it home and placed it on a white china plate. She left it there for months, photographing the food daily and posting the photos on line. As you can see, the food hasn't changed much in appearance, though this television interview suggests the chow has hardened up considerably. Much has been made over the fact that neither the roll nor the fries has become moldy.
There are various theories as to why McDonald's food refuses to rot. McDonald's itself seems to find this a head-scratcher: In its response to these much-publicized projects, the corporation issued this response, which emphasizes that McDonald's food is made from high-quality ingredients.
To her credit, Davies refrains from calling her project an "experiment." While her photos and those of others who've documented McDonald's foods' longevity don't make me want to rush toward the Golden Arches, I'd find them more convincing if any had included a control plate of food, too. How about if somebody (science fair project, kids?) cooks a store-bought preformed beef patty and fries some matchstick fries, douses both with salt and sticks the burger in a standard grocery-store bun -- and lets the concoction sit alongside the Happy Meal for a few months? That I'd find interesting.
(If anyone does try this at home, please be sure to let me know about it!)
In other McDonald's news, fans of the fabled McRib sandwich rejoice: The ballyhooed sandwich will return for six weeks starting Nov. 2. Here's where McDonald's lists nutrition facts for the McRib, which contains no ribs at all but rather a pork patty shaped sort of like a rack of ribs. In short, the sandwich has 500 calories, nearly half from fat, and 980 mg of sodium. Not exactly health food, but hardly the worst fast food out there, either.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| October 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness
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