Everyone knows that processed foods are harmful to our health. Recently, Grant Imahara, host of the popular Mythbusters show, visited a McDonald’s fry factory to examine what kind of ingredients they are using in the popular product. Through reverse-engineering, he managed to isolate a number of dangerous ingredients such as:
- Soybean oil
- Canola oil
- Hydrogenated oil
- Citric acid
- Hydrolyzed wheat
- Sodium acid pyrophosphate
- Natural beef flavor
- Hydrolyzed milk
- Hydrogenated soybean oil
The three most dangerous substances on the list are TBHQ, hydrogenated soybean oil and dimethylpolysilioxane.
Dimethylpolysilioxane is a compound used in hair conditioners, silly putty and aquarium tank sealants, which contains formaldehyde, a toxic compound associated with allergies, brain damage, autoimmune diseases and even cancer.
Hydrogenated soybean oil contains unhealthy trans fats which are linked to numerous serious diseases. According to two studies, about 100 000 deaths in America can be prevented annually by replacing the unhealthy trans fats with the healthier non hydrogenated monosaturated or polyunsaturated oils.
Finally, TBHQ, or tertiary butylhydroquionone, is a dangerous substance often added to food in order to prevent it from going bad. TBHQ is also used in perfumes and bio diesel.
The release of this information was part of McDonald’s “Our Food. Your Questions” campaign, which strives to provide more information about the ingredients used in their products. However, the company has yet to make a change in their French fries recipe.