Fast food is bad for you. We all know that but most people can’t resist the temptation when walking by a nearby McDonald’s restaurant and order a double cheeseburger with large fries. Fast food is high in calories and poor in nutrients. But most recently there was exposure on how and from what are McDonald’s French fries being made.
The Famous Grant Imahara from the Mythbusters Show recently visited the McDonald’s fry factory to find out exactly what McDonald’s fries are made of. During the research, Imahara find out that McDonald’s fries made up of 15 harmful ingredients. The ingredients are as follows:
- Citric acid
- Hydrolyzed wheat
- Sodium acid pyrophosphate
- Soybean oil
- Canola oil
- Hydrogenated oil
- Natural beef flavor
- Hydrolyzed milk
- Hydrogenated soybean oil
The three most harmful ingredients found in this list are: TBHQ, dinethylpolysiloxane and hydrogenated soybean oil.
TBHQ, or tertiary butylhydroquinone one type of type of phenol used in the foods in order to prevent deterioration of food. It is also used in substances such as perfumes and bio disel.
Hydrogenated soybean oil – People who consume it on regular basis can face with many healthy problems. Research of the Women’s Hospital in Boston showed that at least 100,000 cardiac deaths that happen in America every year, could have been prevented if only people replaced trans fat with more healthier non hydrogenated polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils.
Dimethylpolysiloxane – is most commonly used compound in hair conditioners, silly putty and in aquarium tank sealants. Moreover, it can even contain formaldehyde, a well-known toxic chemical that has been linked to cancer, allergies brain damage, autoimmune disorders, etc.
McDonald’s has a campaign called “Our Food, Your Questions”, which is an initiative to make nutritional information more available for customers. The release of this information about their fries were part of that campaign.