This Is What Your Stomach Does To A Cheeseburger

If only to compound that ‘uuuugh what have I done’ feeling you get after eating a burger (sorry), here’s what’s going down in your stomach as it gets digested and turned into energy/nap fuel.

A McDonald’s cheeseburger is placed in concentrated hydrochloric acid in a video by YouTube’s The Periodic Table of Videos, before being left for a few hours to break down.

Scientists return to find the burger reduced to black sludge, with only some of the patty remaining due to the lack of bile acid in the flask which your stomach has to deal with such matter.

Hydrocholic acid is found in everybody’s stomach, so this marvelously effective but unsightly process is taking place in your stomach right now, albeit with added fries and milkshakes and whatever else you’ve consumed in the day.


Researchers from The University of Nottingham filled a container with hydrochloric acid solution, a chemical  found in our stomachs that aids in the digestive process, and dipped a burger in it for 3 and 1/2 hours.

The results were grimy, as the burger turned into a black sludge. Hydrochloric acid breaks down food in the early stages of digestion, so that means one of the first things that McDonald’s cheeseburger does when hitting your stomach is turn into goop. Now, someone try this with a kale salad and get back to us.