The Swiss branch of the American fast food giant has admitted that BigMacs and other McFish contain a cocktail of potentially carcinogenic ingredients. Other revelations have have now come to light concerning the famous McDonald chips. After closely studying these “french fries”, an American TV host revealed they were not made up of only potatoes but many other chemical ingredients.
Grant Imahara, an America science show presenter, recently went to a McDonald’s chip factory to find out more about how these iconic potato matchsticks are made. During his investigation he discovered some surprising information about their ingredients!
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What are McDonald chips made of ?
Here is the list of ingredients take make up the famous Ronald McDonald chips: :
- Rapeseed Oil;
- Soya oil;
- Hydrogenated Soya oil ;
- Hydrolyzed wheat;
- Hydrolyzed milk;
- Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) ;
You’ve guessed it! The three suspect ingredients are Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), Polydimethylsiloxane and Dextrose. If the other ingredients seem at first sight to be less dangerous, they are not all that. Hydrogenated soya oil is a very bad fat and can have a harmful effect on you health.
Why is Tertiary butylhydroquinone dangerous?
This food additive is listed as an anxiogen by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, it is permitted in the agri-food industry to prevent or slow down food oxidation. Oxidation affects taste quality and changes the colour of the product. TBHQ is commonly used in biscuits, popcorn and butter.
Centers for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), carried out a public study that showed that this additive increased the frequency of tumors in rats.
A study that has been confirmed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), reported cases of impaired vision in people who consume TBHQ.
How about Polydimethylsiloxane?
Polydimethylsiloxane is part of the silicone family. You can regularly find it in shampoos and hair conditioners, as it makes hair shiny and smooth.
The National Toxicology Program also qualifies it as a carcinogenic product.
Hydrogenated Soya oil: another suspect ingredient
This oil is a processed fat which is much worse than saturated fats. Hydrogenated Soya oil can cause cancer, obesity, asthma, diabetes, heart diseases, a weakening of the immune system, an increase in bad cholesterol and fertility problems.
Completely artificial, this industrial oil comes from 90% genetically modified soya shoots. These varieties of soya are extremely rich in fats and the hydrogenation process only increases the levels of fat.
How have McDonald’s reacted to these revelations?
McDonalds have responded to these revelations by means of a statement sent to the Canadian television channel Global News. The fast food company declared that they were aware of their customers’ worries and had immediately put in place a communication strategy aiming for more transparency. This comes in the form of an interactive internet platform with question and answers to help customers better understand MacDonald products and their communication strategies.
However the global company did not apologise or form any arguments to reassure it’s customers about the questioning they are up against regarding the chemical and even potentially carcinogenic ingredients in their chips.