No matter how much we try to eat healthily and even though we know that fast food isn’t exactly the healthiest option, sometimes we like to treat ourselves. Many people eat takeout cheeseburger, fries, and soft drinks daily. They have a much higher risk of becoming overweight and developing diabetes or a heart condition. Did you know that McDonald’s sells more than 75 hamburgers every second? The king of the fast food industry feeds 68 million people per day which is about 1 percent of the world’s population.
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Scientists from the University of Nottingham wanted to get a closer look at what happens when a fast food burger is digested in the stomach. Therefore they took a typical McDonald’s cheeseburger and soaked it in hydrochloric acid for three and a half hours:
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They documented the experiment and posted it on Youtube, and it went viral quickly. If you’re a fast food fan, from now on you should think twice before ordering.
Hydrochloric acid is found in the human stomach and contributes greatly to the digestion of everything we eat. With a pH level of between 1 and 1.5 (which is very acidic), hydrochloric acid is strong enough to break down food and kill most bacteria before it can do us any harm. If it wasn’t for the protective mucus lining, our stomachs would actually digest themselves!