McDonald’s fries are indeed made from spuds, but they also contain other ingredients. The other ingredients are quite worrisome, to say the least. Included in the list of 19 ingredients to make McDonald’s fries are dimethylpolysiloxane (a form of silicone found in Silly Putty), tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) (a petrol-based chemical), and hydrogenated soybean oil (which is a manufactured form of trans fat).
Vanni Hari (aka Food Babe) has found that dimethylpolysiloxane is a chemical used in aquarium tank sealants, mold release agents and hair conditioners. In some cases it can even contain formaldehyde which is a highly toxic chemical associated with brain damage, cancer, allergies and auto-immune disorders.
McDonalds fries are also made differently around the world. In the UK, McDonalds fries are made up of potatoes, vegetable oil, and some sugar and salt.
The Food Babe then went on to investigate why such simple ingredients were in the U.K. fries and why all these complex chemicals were put in the U.S. made fries. The answer was simple. In all of Europe ingredients are strictly regulated because they KNOW that man-made chemicals were never intended to be consumed by humans. This entire time McDonald’s has KNOWN about this and they CHOOSE to continue to serve it’s U.S. Customers the silly putty type of chemical cocktail version of their fries.
The makers of Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) claim that it’s a type of phenol “used to stabilize foods, fats, and vegetable oils against oxidative deterioration.” which extends the storage life of said foods. This exact ingredient is also found in everything from perfumes to biodiesel.
TBHQ makers also claim that “It is also used as a corrosion inhibitor in biodiesel. In perfumery, it is used as a fixative to lower the evaporation rate and improve stability. It is also added to varnishes, laquers, resins, and oil field additives. Both the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have evaluated TBHQ and determined that it is safe to consume at the concentration allowed in foods.”
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil is also known as “Silent Killer”.
Like TBHQ, it is also used in the food industry to prolong shelf life. According to a report by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, at least 100,000 cardiac deaths that take place annually in the United States could have been prevents it people replaced trans fat with healthier non hydrogenated polyunsaturated or monounsatureated oils.
This isn’t even the entire list… but are you ready for some McDonald’s fries?!
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