What’s Really Inside McDonald’s French Fries? Here’s Your Answer

McDonald’s recently released a “transparency video” incriminating themselves with the ingredients in their french fries. The video featured former “Mythbusters” host Grant Imahara who “reverse engineered” the cooking process to determine which ingredients were used each step of the way. This is why you may notice that some ingredients are listed twice, this is not an error, this is because the same ingredient is used during two separate stages of the process.

The list includes a silicon chemical called Dimethylpolysiloxane (or polydimethylsiloxane), which is used in the production of silly putty, contact lenses and shampoo.

Interestingly enough, in the UK, where the fries are also sold, there are only 5 ingredients used in the production process.

The ingredients are as follows:


Do you think that all of this is needed to cook a french fry?

The recent transparency videos come as McDonald’s is hoping to clean up their public image.

 “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,” the company said in a recent statement to Global News.

Regardless of how McDonalds try to convince the public that their food is safe, it does not make sense to use 19 ingredients to make something as simple as fries.

Check out the video below for some more details on this experiment and the cooking process that these fries go through and then you decide whether all of this is needed to cook a french fry.

John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. 

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