The host of the eye-opening show Mythbusters, Grant Imahara, this time, instead of testing crash dummies or explosives, focused on a specific food, the McDonald’s French fries.
Imahara decided to personally visit the fast food chain’s processing plant in the potato-loving state. There, he discovered that the fries’ main ingredients are spuds, indeed.
However, the other 19 ingredients are worrying as well, including dimethylpolysiloxane, a form of silicone found in Silly Putty, tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), which is a petrol-based chemical, and hydrogenated soybean oil, which is a derived form of trans fat.
If you haven’t done it yet, this should be your last warning to give up these fries. These ingredients are completely harmful, and can cause severe consequences to the body.
These fries can cause brain damage and cancer
According to Vani Hari, you certainly should avoid dimethylpolysiloxane. This man is more popular as the “Food Babe” who in 2014 proved that the bread from Subway shares an ingredient with yoga mats.
The McDonald’s French fries’ share some ingredients with aquarium tank sealants, mold release agents and hair conditioners. In some cases, they even contain formaldehyde, which is a highly toxic chemical associated with cancer, brain damage, allergies and auto-immune disorders.
Moreover, Hari even suggests that McDonald’s fries are worse than those made in Europe. Namely, compared to the ones in U.S., French fries in the UK primarily contain a few basic ingredients such as potatoes, vegetable oil, and some sugar and salt.
Hari asks a lot of questions regarding this situation, demanding to receive an answer why the list of ingredients of the fries in Europe is simpler than the one in the US, why the ‘anti-foaming’ agent is used in the fries in the US, but not in the UK?
“Do the Brits like extra foam? No, they don’t, Europe actually regulates this ingredient because they know this man-made chemical was never intended to be consumed by humans. This whole time [McDonald’s] has known about this and chooses to continue to serve [its U.S.] citizens silly putty.”
When we regard the tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), we must note that it has met positive criticism only by those who create it. For
example, the site TBHQTertiaryButylhydroquinone.com says that it’s a “type of phenol” that is “used to stabilize foods, fats and vegetable oils against oxidative deterioration,” which extends their storage life. Unfortunately, the same website also says that many chemicals, from perfumes to biodiesels, contain this substance and still claims it is safe to be consumed.
“It is also used as a corrosion inhibitor in biodiesel. In perfumery, it is used as a fixative to lower the evaporation rate and improve stability. It is also added to varnishes, lacquers, resins, and oil field additives. Both the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have evaluated TBHQ and determined that it is safe to consume at the concentration allowed in foods.”
Just like TBHQ, hydrogenated soybean oil is used in the food industry to prolong shelf life. It’s also referred to as the “Silent Killer,” and deservedly. The Harvard School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston published a report which noted that at least 100,000 cardiac deaths that take place annually in the United States could have been prevented “if people replaced trans fat with healthier non hydrogenated polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils.”
This article listed chemicals that are seriously harmful for your health, completely unnatural, found in Silly Putty and added to resins. Therefore, be sure to steer clear of McDonald’s French fries, and foods from other fast food restaurants, in order to significantly improve your overall health.
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