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PHOTOS: fast food ads vs. the real deal

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Fast food can look amazing and delicious on television and in pictures... but how does it measure up to the real thing?

Consumerreports.org found out that it doesn't match up at all. CLICK through our slideshow to see how real life stacks up to the advertisements!

According to a food stylist interviewed by consumerreports.org, there are several tricks to making food look pretty for the camera. Here are some highlights:

To keep sandwich buns from drying out, apply a layer of Vaseline.

Since real ice cream melts, the stuff you see in ice cream ads is like a mixture of sugar, shortening, corn syrup, and coloring.

Fresh fruit dries out and goes brown quickly. To avoid this, food stylists will paint fruit with a mixture of water and a product called Quick Thick, which makes the fruit glisten.

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