McDonalds is the favorite fast food brand among many people around the world. But, recently the French-fries that are served by this company have been examined and it’s been discovered that they contain various substances that are linked with serious health issues, like cancer, brain damage, and autoimmune disorders.
The research was conducted by Grant Imahara known from the famous show Mythbusters. Grant visited the fry factory of McDonald’s in order to examine their process of production.
He “reverse-engineered” these fries and discovered the following ingredients:
- Soybean oil
- Canola oil
- Natural beef flavor
- Citric acid
- TBHQ (Tertiary butylhydroquinone)
- Sodium acid pyrophosphate
- Hydrogenated oil
- Hydrolyzed milk
- Hydrogenated soybean oil
- Hydrolyzed wheat
The most dangerous one among them are TBHQ, dimethylpolysiloxane, and hydrogenated soybean oil. Why? Well, for those who aren’t very familiar with these substances, TBHQ, or tertiary butylhydroquinone, is a phenol type often used as bio-diesel and perfume.It is added to food in order to avoid its deterioration.
Dimethylpolysiloxane is a common ingredient in hair conditioners, silly putty and aquarium tank sealants. It can even include formaldehyde at times, which is a toxic chemical, linked to allergies, cancer, brain damage, and autoimmune disorders.
As for soybean oil, according to a research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, over 100,000 cardiac deaths which occur annually in the United States could have been prevented “if people replaced trans fat with healthier nonhydrogenated polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils.”
After Grant’s discovery, the company stated the following:
“After listening carefully to our customers and identifying some of the challenges we were up against, McDonald’s created a transparent line of communication via the interactive, online Q&A platform.”
Still, they don’t intend to change the harmful ingredients.