I read a story about a woman in Alaska who supposedly bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal in 2010 and posted a picture of the meal 6 years later. She says she had it in her office the whole time and it just hasn’t spoiled. I have no way of knowing if she really did purchase the meal in the picture 6 years ago, but what I find very interesting is that McDonald’s actually addresses the issue in the FAQ’s on their website.
It’s no secret that fast food, including these Happy Meals, are loaded with very unhealthy ingredients and should not, by any stretch of the imagination be considered “real food.”
In responding to the question “why doesn’t your food rot” McDonald’s explained that the food in question most likely was dehydrated and that’s why it never spoiled.
I think perhaps people need to understand what “real food” is! We are bombarded with thousands and thousands of food-like products. But you can’t classify them as real food. So maybe we need to come up with a working definition.
Here’s how I define it for clients:
“the highest quality of clean, fresh, whole, one-ingredient foods in a form as close to how God created them”
To get even more specific, some of the qualities of real food are:
It doesn’t have ingredients – it is an ingredient;
It doesn’t have a label;
It’s minimally processed and contains high concentrations of bioavailable nutrients;
Your body recognizes it as food and is able to use it;
It is seasonal;
It doesn’t just fill your belly, it actually nourishes your cells and satisfies your hunger.
If those foods never rot what do you think they do in your body?
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