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Arguments that would've confused our ancestors


McDonald's is currently trying to convince people that its burgers can, in fact, grow mold. This is considered a selling point, at least in the modern world.

Photo credit: Jeff Chiu/AP.

By Ezra Klein  | October 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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I don't think our ancestors, or at least anyone who was alive during the 50s and 60s "modern cooking revolution" would be surprised by the argument. Sure, why can't you now leave a hamburger on the counter and have it still consumable after 6 months? Heck, just cover it in a moist towelette, use the new microwave on high for 1 minute and voila! Who needs that nasty refridgeration and salt to preserve food anymore?

Posted by: Jaycal | October 14, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Those burgers are loaded with salt. Salt which kills mold. McDonald's just doesn't want to say, "It's because they're LOADED with sodium."

Posted by: GrrrlRomeo | October 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I stopped drinking Mountain Dew years ago after I left a glass of the stuff on a table for several weeks (frat house neatness ...) and observed no mold or anything else growing in it. Not even a caffeine-based fungus or something. If it's that inhospitable to terrestrial life, you're probably better off without it.

Posted by: zimbar | October 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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