The Doctors: 14-Year-Old Hamburger
When it comes to foods, viruses, medical procedures and more, have you ever wondered how long they last? That’s the question The Doctors asked their audience on an all-new episode that covered a variety of interesting health topics. First on the menu was something that you probably wouldn’t want to eat for dinner: a 14-year-old hamburger.
The Doctors spoke via phone with David Whipple, the man who purchased the hamburger from July 7, 1999. Amazingly, the hamburger was still completely preserved and free of any mold. David explained that the experiment actually began as a lesson on enzymes. However, when he misplaced the hamburger and didn’t discover it until about a year later, he was shocked to find that it hadn’t grown mold.
David didn’t say exactly where his hamburger came from, but I’m assuming it was a fast food burger clearly packed with preservatives. It definitely makes you re-think that fast food drive-thru.
The Drs: Aged Cheese Taste-Test
But what about cheese? Unlike meat, aged cheese is not only safe to eat, but delicious. The Doctors tested their cheese knowledge by donning blindfolds and having a taste test. They tried a one-year-old cheddar, a 12-year-old cheddar and even a crumbly cheese that was 40-years-old! Obviously, certain foods only get better with age.
The Doctors: How Long Does a Virus Last?
Later, Dr. Jim Sears answered a common question that parents ask all the time: how long do viruses last outside the body? The answer is that it really varies from virus to virus, and also depends greatly on the surface. The flu virus lasts anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, while the cold virus has a much shorter shelf life. Gastrointestinal viruses can last much longer, up to about two weeks.
The Drs: Bacteria In Unpasteurized Juice
We all know that pasteurization is a process that kills bacteria, but what happens when food is unpasteurized? This is often the case with fresh-pressed juices, a trend that’s becoming more and more popular. The Doctors sent correspondent Melanie Woodrow to an L.A. testing facility for further investigation into unpasteurized juice.
What she found was pretty disturbing. On day one alone, the juices and unpasteurized almond milk that were tested already contained loads of bacteria. The milk tested for the most bacteria, while an apple-carrot juice contained the least. Of course, there are tremendous health benefits to juicing, but it’s important to use good judgement when it comes to drinking something that’s unpasteurized. Be careful when picking up a beverage at a local juice bar or fruit stand, and be sure to drink things that are fresh and haven’t been sitting out for days. In food poisoning, bacteria use the food as their source of energy, causing gastrointestinal symptoms that can be prevented by making wise choices.