Why Should You Never Eat French Fries

The consumption of processed fast food can severely damage your overall health. Recently, there was an expose of the McDonald’s French fry making process which revealed that the fries contain a number of harmful ingredients.

These ingredients can be responsible for causing many health problems, including autoimmune disorders, brain damage, and many other serious diseases.

McDonald’s French Fries

McDonald’s French Fries

14 Harmful Ingredients Found in McDonald’s Fries

After visiting the McDonald’s fry factory, Grant Imahara, of Mythbusters fame, has found out what exactly the McDonald’s fries are made of. Imahara has discovered that the fries are made up of 14 harmful ingredients.

These ingredients are TBHQ, hydrogenated soybean oil, dimethylpolysiloxane, hydrogenated oil, canola oil, soybean oil, citric acid, dextrose, salt, potatoes, hydrolyzed wheat, hydrolyzed milk, natural beef flavor, and sodium acid pyrophosphate.

The three most dangerous ingredients, included in the McDonald’s French fries, are TBHQ, dimethylpolysiloxane, and hydrogenated soybean oil.

TBHQ, or tertiary butylhydroquinone, is a type of phenol which is used in food to prevent it from deterioration. Also, this aromatic compound is used in many cosmetic skin care products, perfumes, and bio diesel.

The consumption of high doses of TBHQ can cause vomiting, nausea, collapse, delirium, and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. This compound can also be responsible for causing asthma, dermatitis, rhinitis, as well as hyperactivity in children.

Dimethylpolysiloxane is a type of silicone which is most commonly used in hair care products, such as shampoos and conditioners, as well as in aquarium tank sealants and silly putty. This compound can contain formaldehyde which is a toxic chemical that can cause allergies, autoimmune disorders, and brain damage.

According to various studies, the formaldehyde can also be responsible for causing certain types of cancer.

Hydrogenated soybean oil is another harmful ingredient found in the McDonald’s French fries. A regular consumption of this ingredient can have numerous side effects.

A research, conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health, concluded that if the people consumed healthier non-hydrogenated monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils instead of trans fat, at least 100,000 cardiac deaths that occur in the U.S. every year could have been prevented.