Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
A TikToker has sparked debate online after sharing a video of her nutritionist mum’s ‘snack cupboard’ – in which she’s kept a bunch of processed foods to see how long it would take them to go off.
User @elifgkandemir told followers her mum had been keeping the fast food for research purposes, filming an array of McDonald’s burgers and chips, Jaffa cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts and pizzas stacked into plastic drawers.
Check out the video below:
“This is my mum’s food cupboard full of foods that never go off,” she said in the video.
“My mum is a nutritionist helping to tackle obesity.
“These foods shown here are ultra-processed foods that 80 per cent of the UK consume on a regular basis.”
Alongside the video, the TikToker wrote: “Still fancy a burger?”
In a second follow-up video, she went on to explain a little more about her mum’s project.
“Most of this food she’s been collecting over the last two years, so most of it is one to two years old,” she said.
“80 per cent of the UK are now eating this diet, probably without knowledge of what they are eating, a recent documentary by BBC One titled ‘What Are We Feeding Our Kids’ involved Dr Chris van Tulleken eating this kind of diet exclusively for a period of a month with devastating results.
“And though it is true, that you can have anything and everything in moderation…my mum is simply trying to encourage people to make better food decisions and live a happier, healthier lifestyle.”
Reacting to the video, some people were genuinely fascinated by the experiment, whilst others… well, they didn’t see the point.
“Omg hope your mum starts TikTok to educate people this would be so interesting,” said one.
Whilst another, more sarcastically, wrote: “Maybe introduce her to knitting? or volleyball? or anything other than this,” wrote one.
“I will very much continue to eat these foods,” penned another ardent fast food addict.
“If my mum had that it will be all gone in 1 hour,” joked a fellow TikToker.