Healthy Teens-the McDonalds Experiment

Starting December 12, 2012 the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center began an experiment with french fries and a cheeseburger from McDonald’s. The food was put in a sealed plastic container and we took “guestimates” on how long it will take for the food to decompose. The point of this experiment was for our teens to see how fast-food & processed food is full of preservatives that can have an effect on our digestive system and body. The food was fine for the first 1 ½ weeks. Then we went on Winter break and when we got back we found that the cheeseburger and fries had developed some mold! Two weeks later the mold had taken over all the food! It took over a month for our experiment to come to fruition; the teens had guesses as to how long it would take. Most of our teens guessed a month, but some guessed 2, 3 and 4 months! Whew, glad it wasn’t that long. To continue this experiment the teens will be making a home made hamburger and seeing how long that takes to decay. Bon appétit!

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