This Is What 2-Year-Old Fast Food Looks Like

What’s the secret to McDonald’s fries? They’re non-perishable, according to a Facebook photo posted by Illinois’ LiveWell Centers earlier this month. The photo shows four different brands of fast food that were purchased two years ago last Sunday, and according to LiveWell, left out in the open to decay, or…not.

Posted along with the photo, LiveWell’s advice is to stay away from food that even bugs won’t eat:

Our fast “food” display is now 2 years old. The word food is questionable, since the bread-like and meat-like substances have not molded or spoiled in any way. Bugs won’t even bother with it. Please think twice about giving this to your kids. You have a choice, but they don’t. We truly are what we eat.

There are, of course, numerous other arguments against eating fast food—many of them more scientific than this—but this photo is a good reminder that, if our food doesn’t decay in open air over the course of two years, just imagine what happens in your stomach when you eat it.

Update: If you’re confused by these photos, think they’re fake, or otherwise undeterred from fast food, check out our interview with Dr. Frank Lipman about what they really mean for our health and diet.

Photo: LiveWell Centers Facebook

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    • Simonelli smith

      I think that fast Food is Create a Lots of disease related with fat.

    • The Mommy Psychologist

      This is disgusting! And another good reason (as if i needed one) that my kiddo doesn’t eat fast food.

      “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

    • mmmm

      darn those fries look good, Wanna pay me to eat them? :)

    • julio gomez

      …all o f my wtf?

    • Michael

      We have a saying at the raw organic nut company where I manage Customer Service: Raw Organic Nuts:Natures Original Fast Food.
      Envision this,it’s 2,000 years ago and you are walking along a road to visit a cousin over the hill.You are hungry and stop under a large tree to rest in the shade.On the ground are walnuts.You pickup two flat rocks place nuts on one rock and crack the nut shell with other rock.You pick up the nut pieces,place them in your leather belt bag and off you go munching fresh walnuts as you go.You even brought along some walnuts in the shell for later. See it? Raw Organic Nuts:Natures Original Fast Food.

    • Dan

      Wow. You want to know why these foods haven’t gotten moldy? Because they’re not trapped in a container with their own moisture to allow mold to grow. All this “experiment” is doing is showing you a similar method to how beef jerky is made. I can and have done the same thing by leaving a loaf of bread open by accident before leaving for a trip. My wife and I came home to a loaf of rock.

      BTW. This experiment has ALREADY BEEN DONE and debunked several years ago. It is amusing though to watch reactions of people who don’t understand simple science. I imagine some still get scared when they see fire too. Such witchcraft and sorcery! lol…

      • Sunny

        That’s interesting. I think I will do an experiment of my own where it IS trapped in an air tight container. I’d like to see what happens.

      • Sunny

        That’s interesting. I think I will do an experiment of my own where it IS trapped in an air tight container. I’d like to see what happens.

    • Joe

      It doesn’t rot when you don’t eat it, but it still comes out of your body looking just like everything else.

    • Me

      It is because that is not food, it is some kind of paper with preservative…

    • stupidchoppers

      Sooooo….are you guys gonna eat that stuff? Cause…I….

    • Jess

      They should have added a homemade burger and fries to the display to make it accurate. There is another site that did this and the result were similar with a homemade burger. It’s not that it won’t decompose it’s because of the humidity levels of the environment. Essentially the meat dehydrates like jerky and that’s why it doesn’t rot.