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Look What Happens To McDonald’s Cheeseburger When Dipped In Stomach Acid.

What happens when you dip a cheeseburger in hydrochloric acid? The team behind Periodic Videos responded to this question with a YouTube video.

No introduction is needed for the cheeseburger, it's an American staple, but what exactly is hydrochloric acid or HCL? In history, fifteenth century chemist and Benedictine monk Basil Valentine was known for preparing HCL with marine salt and oil of vitriol. According to MeSH, the result was a "strong corrosive acid that is commonly used as a laboratory reagent."

EPA Air Toxics says that HCL is used in a variety of household products including chlorides, dyes, and fertilizers. It is also used used in industries that produce photographs, textiles, and rubber.

Another thing you should know is that this acid is present in your stomach. Keep in mind that because the experiment was conducted with pure HCL, it cannot be compared with what actually happens in your stomach where enzymes are present.

First, the team pours the hydrochloric acid into a wide and shallow glass beaker.

HCL is a toxic substance so it must be handled with caution. MSDS Online recommends that those handling this acid should have the following: vapor respirator, rubber gloves, boots, a full suit, and a face shield.

First, the team pours the hydrochloric acid into a wide and shallow glass beaker.

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Periodic Videos decided to conduct the experiment with a McDonald's cheeseburger.

The video was not meant to be a campaign against fast food or McDonald's. It just happened to be a convenient (and cheap) test subject.

Periodic Videos decided to conduct the experiment with a McDonald's cheeseburger.

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This cheeseburger takes its first and last dip.

Keep in mind that HCL is an industrial acid and is commonly used to produce batteries, bulbs, and fireworks. On the other hand, it is also used to make gelatin and process sugar.

This cheeseburger takes its first and last dip.

Periodic Videos / YouTube

Periodic Videos / YouTube

The scientists decide to leave the cheeseburger in the acid and wait for the results.

In its pure form, it's toxic, but we all need it in our systems. When we don't have enough HCL, we face the risk of becoming mineral and vitamin deficient.

The scientists decide to leave the cheeseburger in the acid and wait for the results.

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