Can YOU spot what’s odd about this buffet?: ALL of this food is more than 12 months old – What We Know!

Pictured: The various food stored by Leyla Kandemir, who uses her collection to show clients the dangers of eating ultra-processed foods pumped full of so much salt, sugar, chemicals and preservatives that they never go off

Piled excessive with pizza, bulging with burgers and match to burst with doughnuts, sweets and crisps, it feels like a fast-food fantasy.

But the cabinet in Leyla Kandemir’s kitchen is something however appetising.

For each single merchandise in her assortment — fondly dubbed ‘Mum’s Museum’ by her two youngsters and husband Murat — is no less than 12 months previous.

Comprising burgers and chips from McDonald’s, Greggs sausage rolls, Domino’s pizza, and pastries, bread and buns from her native Tesco, a few of these ‘Frankenfoods’ date again to April 2019 and are a part of a groundbreaking experiment.

Not solely do they seem like they’ve didn’t decay, regardless of being saved in a easy kitchen cabinet, all of them seem nearly equivalent to the day she purchased them.

Leyla, 53, a psychotherapist and nutritionist from Colchester, Essex, makes use of her assortment to indicate shoppers the hazards of consuming ultra-processed meals pumped filled with a lot salt, sugar, chemical compounds and preservatives that they by no means go off.

Final week her work went viral after her daughter Elif, 21, uploaded a video of the cabinet to social media platform TikTok, the place it has now been seen greater than 4 million occasions.

Pictured: The assorted meals saved by Leyla Kandemir, who makes use of her assortment to indicate shoppers the hazards of consuming ultra-processed meals pumped filled with a lot salt, sugar, chemical compounds and preservatives that they by no means go off

‘My household thought I used to be mad, conserving all these things,’ says Leyla. ‘Initially, the children had been disgusted by it, and my pals had been fairly shocked. Even I’ve been astonished by how lengthy it’s all lasted.’

Most ultra-processed foodstuffs are preserved by very excessive ranges of sugar and salt, in addition to cooking processes that contain extracting water, which makes them much less susceptible to rot.

Some meals in Leyla’s cabinet — reminiscent of biscuits, whose fundamental part is glucose-fructose syrup — even have preservative components designed to increase their shelf life, a few of which may have sick results on our well being, inflicting upset stomachs, irritating the eyes, and aggravating delicate pores and skin.

Leyla re-trained as a advisor for the weight-loss trade after leaving educating in 2012.

‘I used to be bulimic in my late 20s and early 30s, so weight loss program and portion management has at all times me,’ she says. ‘As my work went on, I observed a connection between over-eating, emotional consuming and psychological issues.’

She enrolled in a psychotherapy diploma on the Open College in 2016, adopted by a sequence of {qualifications} in diet.

Pictured: Nutritionist Leyla Kandemir and her food cupboard of processed food

Pictured: Nutritionist Leyla Kandemir and her food cupboard of processed food

Pictured: Nutritionist Leyla Kandemir and her meals cabinet of processed meals that she retains to indicate shoppers the hazards of consuming ultra-processed meals

‘We’re Turkish so we are likely to have a wholesome, Mediterranean weight loss program,’ Leyla says. ‘We by no means have biscuits in the home and my youngsters don’t eat cereal. However we take pleasure in pizza or a takeaway on occasion.’

Her unorthodox experiment began in April 2019 when she was cleansing her son’s bed room and located the remnants of a three-day-old pizza underneath his mattress. ‘I couldn’t imagine it hadn’t gone off over the weekend, so I made a decision to maintain just a few slices and see what would occur,’ she says. 

‘A month later, it nonetheless seemed precisely the identical. Nothing had gone mouldy, not even the cheese or meats on high.’

In August that 12 months, Leyla expanded her experiment, stocking up on as many takeaway meals as she might carry.

She emptied a floor-to-ceiling cabinet within the kitchen, fitted it with sliding Tupperware drawers and crammed them with the cooked burgers, chips and rooster nuggets. Earlier than storing every merchandise away, she unwrapped it and let it cool to room temperature.

Two years and 4 months later, the unique pizza slices are nonetheless there, apparently unchanged.

This time final 12 months, as she discovered extra about processed grocery store meals, Leyla added a stash of breads, pastries, doughnuts, crisps, biscuits and sweets. Twelve months on, not one reveals any signal of decay. 

Comprising burgers and chips from McDonald’s, Greggs sausage rolls, Domino’s pizza, and pastries, bread and buns from her local Tesco, some of these ‘Frankenfoods’ date back to April 2019 and are part of a groundbreaking experiment

Comprising burgers and chips from McDonald’s, Greggs sausage rolls, Domino’s pizza, and pastries, bread and buns from her native Tesco, a few of these ‘Frankenfoods’ date again to April 2019 and are a part of a groundbreaking experiment

Last week, Leyla's work went viral after her daughter Elif, 21, uploaded a video of the cupboard to social media platform TikTok, where it has now been viewed more than four million times

Final week, Leyla’s work went viral after her daughter Elif, 21, uploaded a video of the cabinet to social media platform TikTok, the place it has now been seen greater than 4 million occasions

The meals are taken out and decanted on to plates a few times per week to indicate Leyla’s shoppers, earlier than being rigorously put away of their allotted drawers. Astonishingly, the cabinet — within the household kitchen — doesn’t scent.

Virtually every little thing Leyla has collected has remained intact, aside from some custard-filled doughnuts, a loaf of natural bread and KFC rooster items, all of which did rot after a few days.

Her plan is to maintain the remainder ‘for ever’. ‘I wish to go into colleges and educate youngsters in regards to the risks of processed meals like these,’ she says. ‘It’s not actual meals. And but for an enormous chunk of the British inhabitants, it makes up 80 per cent of their weight loss program.’

Consultants are more and more satisfied that ultra-processed meals like these might be linked to meals dependancy, hormonal shifts and basic modifications to the make-up of our brains.

Dr Primrose Freestone, affiliate professor in medical microbiology at Leicester College, isn’t shocked by the ‘pure mummification’ of Leyla’s meals.

Pictured: A plate with a selection of the food stored by nutritionist Leyla Kandemir. Most ultra-processed foodstuffs are preserved by very high levels of sugar and salt, as well as cooking processes that involve extracting water, which makes them less prone to rot

Pictured: A plate with a collection of the meals saved by nutritionist Leyla Kandemir. Most ultra-processed foodstuffs are preserved by very excessive ranges of sugar and salt, in addition to cooking processes that contain extracting water, which makes them much less susceptible to rot

‘The excessive salt and sugar content material, fats ranges and low water ranges all act as preservatives,’ she says. ‘Plus the plastic containers would exclude each air and decomposing airborne fungi and micro organism.

‘Simply because there isn’t any inexperienced mould doesn’t imply that microbial decomposition, mixed with chemical modifications, isn’t occurring — or that the meals is fit for human consumption. Invisible ranges of micro organism could make you very sick.’

Professor Gunter Kuhnle, of Studying College, agrees. ‘They’re in all probability stale and presumably rancid. It’s tougher to say whether or not they’re secure to devour. Some may be however, personally, I wouldn’t attempt.’

The Mail performed a sequence of experiments on Leyla’s meals. The outcomes are assured to place you off your lunch . . .

DOMINO’S MEAT FEAST PIZZA

Domino’s Meat Feast Pizza, 2 years and 4 months old

Domino’s Meat Feast Pizza, 2 years and 4 months previous

2 years, 4 months previous

LOOKS: Remarkably edible. Dried out however nonetheless appears like a slice of pizza you’d fortunately tuck into after an evening out.

SMELLS: Stale however meaty. Bacon has a salty whiff however sausage items scent acidic and rancid.

FEELS: The crust is rock-solid, whereas the toppings are squidgy.

BACTERIA COUNT: I examined all of the meals by inserting a small pattern of every in check tubes containing chemical compounds that react to the presence of E.coli micro organism by altering color. 

This confirmed that the pizza had a low depend (0.5 CFU) of E.coli, which in higher portions could cause extreme belly cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.

MANUFACTURER SAYS: Domino’s didn’t reply to requests for remark.

VERDICT: Because the oldest merchandise in Leyla’s assortment, this can be a particular no-no. Total it’s very off-putting.

BURGER KING CHICKEN FRIES

2 years previous

LOOKS: Whereas the coating is golden brown, the rooster inside has turned gray and shrivelled to a fraction of its former measurement.

SMELLS: Spicy and salty, prefer it’s been drenched in synthetic seasoning.

FEELS: So strong I nearly break the knife when attempting to chop some off.

Burger King Chicken Fries, 2 years old

Burger King Rooster Fries, 2 years previous

BACTERIA COUNT: Excessive (1.5 CFU). This confirmed the best micro organism depend of the lot, with loads of E.coli lurking — a transparent indicator that they’ve gone off.

MANUFACTURER SAYS: Burger King didn’t reply to requests for remark.

VERDICT: Distinctly unappealing —and probably poisonous. There wasn’t a lot rooster in these stringy ‘fries’ to start with, however all semblance of meat has gone after two years of mummification.

McDONALD’S CHIPS

2 years previous

LOOKS: They’ve held their form and color however look deflated, as if the potato has began to disintegrate.

SMELLS: Stale, greasy and unappetising.

FEELS: Extremely oily. Leyla says she often has to decant the fats that continues to seep from the chips, and my fingers are coated in oil after I choose up a handful.

McDonald’s Chips, 2 years old

McDonald’s Chips, 2 years previous

BACTERIA COUNT: Medium (1 CFU). There’s no meat or dairy, so I wouldn’t count on micro organism to fester on these chips, however there’s nonetheless a major quantity.

MANUFACTURER SAYS: In its solely touch upon the topic thus far, McDonald’s says: ‘In the proper atmosphere, our burgers, like most different meals, might decompose.

‘However, with the intention to decompose, you want sure circumstances — particularly moisture. With out adequate moisture, micro organism and mildew could not develop and subsequently decomposition is unlikely.’

VERDICT: They won’t make me sick, however these chips — excessive in fats, salt and sugar — are a major instance of why quick meals don’t decay. Yuck!

TESCO ICED RING DOUGHNUT

1 12 months previous

LOOKS: The icing and sprinkles have gone soggy and are melting into each other, however stored their luminous color. The doughnut beneath appears recent.

SMELLS: Nauseatingly candy. Nevertheless it in all probability smelled very related when it was bought.

FEELS: The dough is tough and crumbly, whereas the glaze on high is cheesy.

Tesco Iced Ring Doughnut, 1 year old

Tesco Iced Ring Doughnut, 1 12 months previous

BACTERIA COUNT: Low-medium (0.75 CFU). The pattern reveals a small presence of E.coli micro organism on the year-old doughnut.

MANUFACTURER SAYS: Tesco declined to remark however doesn’t advocate prospects devour merchandise which have handed their ‘use by’ date for security causes.

VERDICT: Because it’s candy somewhat than savoury, this isn’t as stomach-churning as a few of the different foodstuffs, and I don’t assume consuming it could make me sick.

McDONALD’S QUARTER POUNDER WITH CHEESE

2 years previous

LOOKS: Whereas the bun appears stale, the burger inside appears freshly cooked. Even the cheese seems waxy, as if it’s simply been melted.

SMELLS: Weirdly, it’s fully odourless.

FEELS: Stable and cardboardy. Burger is flaky somewhat than moist.

McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese, 2 years old

McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese, 2 years previous

BACTERIA COUNT: Medium (1 CFU). Not as excessive as I’d feared, given the presence of meat. It appears to have dried out over two years, somewhat than rotting — though I nonetheless wouldn’t courageous a chew.

MANUFACTURER SAYS: As earlier McDonald’s remark.

VERDICT: The oldest McDonald’s burger nonetheless in existence is alleged thus far from 1999, so that is no shock. Nonetheless, the shortage of decay is startling — and the micro organism depend makes me really feel fairly sick.

WALKERS MAX FLAME GRILLED STEAK CRISPS

1 12 months previous

LOOKS: Like they’ve simply been tipped out of a sealed packet. They’ve stored their ridges and the coating — salt and orange seasoning — continues to be seen.

SMELLS: There’s a faint whiff of one thing meaty.

FEELS: They’ve misplaced their crunch and are as a substitute slimy with grease.

Walkers Max Flame Grilled Steak Crisps, 1 year old

Walkers Max Flame Grilled Steak Crisps, 1 12 months previous

BACTERIA COUNT: Low (0.5 CFU). The pattern confirmed solely a small quantity of micro organism on the crisps.

MANUFACTURER SAYS: ‘All Walkers potato crisps are preservative-free . . . The frying course of makes our crisps very low in moisture, which implies they’re unlikely to decompose.

‘Nevertheless, if left in an unsealed container for a protracted time period, the crisps would develop into mushy and off, which might make them very disagreeable to eat.’

VERDICT: These have misplaced all their crispiness and develop into soggy potato slices, overly-seasoned. Saying that, one or two in all probability wouldn’t do me any hurt.

GREGGS SAUSAGE ROLL

1 12 months previous

LOOKS: Freshly baked. The pastry is crisp and golden and flakes off in my fingers.

SMELLS: The pastry has no aroma however the sausage inside — now shrivelled to half its measurement — smells unpleasantly candy and malty.

FEELS: Stable right through. It’s heavy, too.

Greggs Sausage Roll, 1 year old

Greggs Sausage Roll, 1 12 months previous

BACTERIA COUNT: Medium (1 CFU). The thick pastry coating appears to have stopped the meat from decaying an excessive amount of, however it’s nonetheless not going anyplace close to my plate.

MANUFACTURER SAYS: Greggs declined to remark.

VERDICT: I’m a sucker for a sausage roll however this may make me assume twice.

McVITIE’S JAFFA CAKES

1 12 months previous

LOOKS: The chocolate is dry with white spots on high. The orange jelly layer inside has all however disappeared.

SMELLS: That scrumptious darkish chocolatey aroma has been changed with a synthetic, barely bitter tang, like gone-off milk.

FEELS: The biscuit is so dry it’s powdery and falls to items in my fingers.

McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, 1 year old

McVitie’s Jaffa Desserts, 1 12 months previous

BACTERIA COUNT: Low-medium (0.75 CFU), so not as bacteria-ridden as a few of the different samples, however surprisingly excessive for a candy product.

MANUFACTURER SAYS: McVitie’s didn’t reply to requests for remark.

VERDICT: All of the elements of a Jaffa Cake are nonetheless there, however not in a great way. The biscuit base appears like reconstituted mud.