Fast food restaurants will continue to be under heavy pressure occasionally for the food they serve. Usually this is bevause their food can look a little too perfect, and very different sometimes than what people are used to seeing. Do fast food restaurants use real burger meat in their burgers, or is it fake? Here we will look into this and give some facts about the subject.
Instead of just telling you if they do or don’t so you can still have some other source run your mind wild, we will show you if they use real beef in their burgers or not.
Over time there has been some really interesting stories about fast food restaurants and the food that they serve. When people don’t see the process of food when it is made in fast food restaurants, it is difficult for them to fathom how they make their food so fast. Is it even real? Also, is it healthy enough that it can actually be considered edible?
There is a lot of speculation that the burgers from McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food burger joints on whether their meat is even real. Videos are all over YouTube showing foods in there most vulnerable form in thumbnails as clickbait.
For instance, one video may have a title that says something like, “10 foods that you’ll never eat again”, with some pink sludge as the thumbnail, and some fast food company’s logo in the corner. However, just because these videos end up with millions of views because of clickbait tactics, doesn’t mean that they are giving factual information. Even if they are, usually it isn’t good enough to say the people watching that video, should never eat those foods again.
Many times in the comments section of those same videos people will often state that they are now hungry after seeing the video, and will go by some of what ever they are showing in the video right now. It doesn’t stop them from eating the food, because they knew/know that there isn’t really anything wrong with it.
There has also been an ancient rumor of a fast food burger being found from years ago that somehow didn’t decay. This is false information. It has been tested for burgers from McDonald’s that they do in fact mold and decay very quickly, just like other food that is real does too. After a few weeks (yes it was tested for that long on the same burgers), the burgers looked like a swamp forest.
This test was done from a comparison between a burger bought from a street restaurant to all the types of burgers bought from McDonald’s.
So the information provided about a burger from a fast food restaurant being found years ago without decaying or showing signs of mold because it isn’t real is not truth. Any foods that dried out to the point that they do not have enough moisture for bacteria to grow and produce mold, will not show many signs of degradation.
This is the same concept with astronaut food and dried military food (MREs). These foods do not experience degradation as freshly cooked food would, because the moisture has been extracted from the foods. Basically, under the right circumstances, a fast food burger would experience similar effects of freeze dried food (a lack of degradation).
Usually most of the moisture is present in the vegetables and sauce in the burger. The burger shown from years ago did not have vegetables in it, and it didn’t appear to have sauce either. Bread dries really fast when exposed to the air, which means that mold can possibly fail to grow on the bread, because of the lack of moisture. It is also possible for a burger patty to dry without showing these signs too. No cheese was present on the burger either.
Another video can be seen of the same burgers from McDonald’s, including various other meats actually decaying, as stated, in a small amount of time. All of the burgers, whether they were made of chicken, fish, or beef, all showed very noticeable signs of decaying. All of the burgers in that experiment had sauce, cheese, vegetables, and their usual ingredients that have moisture.
So, with this, there is contradictory information to watching the video of the same burgers decaying, and proving that it is not real food (they are not real beef), when compared to the burger that supposedly didn’t decay after years if one is to believe either case. It means that outside factors are contributing to the differences, not the ingredients in the burgers.
As stated, for mold to grow significantly on foods, the food has to have sufficient moisture. Without it, molds cannot grow abundantly on food very easily. For the first experiment involving the burger that was years old, it had dried before mold had a chance to grow, because it was exposed to the air.
The second experiment had the burgers in a large jar, which allowed the moisture to remain enough that mold was abundantly present. There was moisture on the inner sides of the jar as well, which was not allowed to escape, because the jars had lids on them. This caused the usual degradation in the fast food burgers, because they were real burgers with real meat.
There is also a video showing real beef straight from a cow that is being processed to make 100% beef (cow) for burger patties for a fast food restaurant.
The reason why people question if fast food places use real meat in their burgers, usually has to do with the differences of appearances of restaurant burgers and homemade burgers. The reason why fast food burgers look different, is because the food is made from expensive machinery. The entire burger from the bread to the patties are made through these machines (meat grinders), which make their burgers look perfect.
Without the heavy equipment, the fast food burger establishments would not be able to mass produce the food fast enough to fill all of their stores.
The beef is finely minced in their massive machines, which also makes the meat even more minced than a less expensive meat grinder. Unfortunately, this makes their burgers look too perfect, so much that they have become the undesired target of conspiracy theorists seeking fame by using media sensationalism. It makes it easier to get away with using these tactics, because of the appearance of fast food restaurants’ machine made burgers.