McDonald’s Reveals 17 Foul Ingredients in Their French Fries – Including GMOs

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The transparency campaign initiated by McDonald’s last year was intended at marketing a more health conscious image of McDonald’s Corp.–and at using social media more effectively, but instead of talking about their love for the brand, the hashtag became a forum for people to talk about how disgusting they believe the food is. The ingredients in their french fries went viral. Instead of the basic two ingredients-potatoes and oil, consumers found out McDonald’s french fries contain 17 ingredients.

The campaign isn’t brand new. Launched by McDonalds last June using a YouTube video to answer a consumer’s question about why their food looks so drastically different in commercials than in the restaurant, the “Our Food, Your Questions” premise opened McDonalds’ kitchen doors, lending the brand to a supposed more honest and transparent feel. By prompting consumers to ask their questions on Facebook or Twitter, McDonalds hoped to build trust and credibility in a marketplace where bad press has followed them in the form of viral videos and unappetizing images.

McDonald’s eventually began disclosing the secret behind how the fast food chain’s fries are made. They produced a video answering a series of questions about McDonald’s fries: where the potatoes come from, how they are processed, what kind of oil they’re fried in, and why there is so much salt on them.

Mario Dupuis, a production manager at McCain Foods in New Brunswick, discussed where the potatoes are washed, peel and cut. They are also blanched to “remove natural sugars” that would cause colour variations then soaked in dextrose for an even colour. There’s also an ingredient to prevent greying, drying to remove excess moisture and a quick-fry for 45 to 60 seconds before the fries are frozen for shipping.

The worst part are the ingredients. Instead of the standard two ingredients necessary to make french fries-potatoes and oil, there are approximately 17 as reported on the ingredients facts list on the McDonald’s website.

They include:

Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain colour), citric acid (preservative), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent) and cooked in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with THBQ, citric acid and dimethylpolysiloxane) and salt (silicoaluminate, dextrose, potassium iodide).

At a glance, many of the ingredients above are hazardous to human health, including those which are genetically modified (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil), hydrogenated (soybean oil), chemically preserved and antifoaming (THBQ, citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane), and artificially colored (sodium acid pyrophosphate).

How many people do you think have an awareness that McDonald’s french fries contain this many ingredients? Thanks for the transparency McDonald’s…hopefully it will help wake up more people to the difference between your artificial food and real food.

126 Comments on McDonald’s Reveals 17 Foul Ingredients in Their French Fries – Including GMOs

  1. I’m getting a little tired of all this negative stuff you’ve been posting…when I first followed this page it was because of all the positive stuff. Now all I see is the negative stuff…hopefully it’ll stop soon

  2. So that’s why their fries are so addictive… it’s the chemicals they’re soaked in. They also trigger migraines in some people but I think that’s the oil they are cooked in. Either way, I am glad I eliminated McDonald’s as an option for my family.

  3. Dont these sticks of chemicals look the same if left out on the kitchen counter for months…so dont you wonder what affect that has inside your body? they remind me of glue…or worse…

  4. Who eats McDonald anymore! Well, unfortunately some inner city kids, families live too far away from grocery stores and are forced to get food from convenience stores and fast food, yes this is true and for many. We need to advocate for healthy food source stores and urban gardens availability to everyone, simply true

  5. the crap they put in the food makes you think it taste good and makes you want it and even though ya know what is in there ya still want it and will scrape together your last nickels to get a fricken burger I have not had a mcburger in a long time but I still want one no I don’t yes the sauce makes it so delish double burger with mac sauce my fav no I won’t eat it. yes it is true the food is dangerous

  6. You know the ingredient in the list, “natural flavor (vegetable derived)”, is that possibly from cannabis leaves to get us addicted and keep us coming back for more?

  7. I felt so sorry when same parents bring their children to MC Donald’s for birthday party’s etc. or as a treat…. Don’t they know better or don’t like to know? I love Alex Padillas idea!!!!

  8. I clicked the link, apart from showing page not found it was Dr Oz promoting ‘Eat yourself skinny’ I had hoped for something a bit more profound like a bona fide research establishment whose sole concern was facts derived from unbiased scientific method. Whilst I have little interest in gene transfers between fish and tomatoes I think that if crops can be engineered to be better able to grow in drought conditions thereby feeding the many starving people in Sudan and Ethiopia they will have my total support

  9. Underground health should stay there—underground where they belong, bear in mind two of the Foul ingredients include potato and corn oil —–HORROR!!!l. Look at the ingredients of any processed food in the supermarket how many ingredients they include. There is no problem with an occasional burger or two, just dont eat five a day, and that is because of the fat content not the other 15 ingredients. Common sense is the only ingredient which is sadly lacking in this site.

  10. Potatoes aren’t foul in their own right and neither are the ordinary oils or citric acid (lemon juice) but I wouldn’t want to ingest a lot of the other stuff including all that hydrogenated oil and genetically modified ingredients.

  11. GMOs, by the way, are a major contributor to the sharply deteriorating health of Americans. Genetic engineering alters the genetic codes of the organism’s DNA by splicing in genes from other forms of life, including plant forms, insects, bacteria and even viruses. This creates mutant organisms and dangerously mutating genes – which causes disease and changes our very DNA! Monsanto, the world’s biggest corporation foisting this on the public, has operatives who have infiltrated the US Government everywhere (Obama recently appointed Monsanto’s VP Michael Taylor as senior advisor to the commissioner at the FDA). Click here for ways on avoiding GM foods, which legally do not need to be labeled due to the inbred corruption and governmental protection of Monsanto’s profits.

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