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McDonald’s Fries May Help Treat Baldness

Picture of McDonalds' FriesA recent study showed that a chemical ingredient used in McDonald’s fries could potentially help cure baldness. When I read this, my initial reaction was WTF.  This report astounded me for several reasons. This post will outline why you should avoid eating McDonald’s Fries for the sheer purpose of hair growth.

When it comes to french fries the ingredients should be simplistic. In theory, it should only consist of thinly sliced potatoes, and salt. Contrary to popular belief McDonald’s recipe is much more complicated as it includes multiple toxic ingredients. According to them, the ingredients may actually sound “scarier than they actually are.” But I beg to differ. No matter how you spin it, un-natural chemical ingredients don’t lie.

McDonald’s French Fry Ingredients


Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.

McDonald’s Ingredients Toxic As F****

Researchers at Yokohama National University, performed a study that used dimethylpolysiloxane to grow hair in mice. Dimethylpolysiloxane is a toxin that is used in silicone, caulk, adhesives, and McDonald’s fries. It is an anti-foaming agent that is added to oils to prevent fried food like fries from splashing when they are cooked.

Aside from the fact that it is used in silicone adhesives, it is an FDA-approved food additive that is deemed safe in small amounts. As consumers we must not rely on the government agencies to have our best interest at heart. Rule of thumb avoid all “foods” that contain chemical compounds. Truth is, studies can be bias in favor of a toxin. Just think about it, why is an ingredient that’s found in silicone be used as a food additive.

Food is supposed to satisfy your hunger and provide nutrition. It should not be a solution to baldness. Just because the chemical  grew hair in mice, it does not mean that is transferable to humans. Several years of additional studies are needed to confirm the results.Dimethylpolysiloxane is a food additive that is deemed safe in small amounts by the FDA. In order to get the presumed benefit of hair growth a person would have to eat a significant amount. This could make it unsafe to eat.

Take Home

As consumers we must pay close attention to the foods we consume. We must avoid eating poison. We have to be the guardians of our health and read ingredient labels. We cannot continue to blindly assume that the government agencies will protect us from the profit driven practices of the food industry.

Just look at this recent study, that used Dimethylpolysiloxane to grow hair in mice. This study and its link to McDonald’s fries is disturbing. I recently thought that french fries was one of the safest ingredients on the menu. Needless to say, that was a lie. Bottom line do not eat foods that contain chemicals that can grow hair in mice. Question is will you continue to eat at McDonald’s. You can eat to live or eat poison in small amounts. The choice is yours.

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