Everything That Goes Into A McDonald's French Fry

Everything That Goes Into A McDonalds French Fry

It's probably not surprising to hear this, but McDonald's french fries contain way more than just oil, potatoes and salt. In fact, McDonald's fries have a whopping 19 ingredients in the USA, all of which are broken down in this image:

Everything That Goes Into A McDonalds French Fry

You may be thinking to yourself, wait a minute! Why are some ingredients listed on there twice? Well, sometimes an ingredient is used more than once in the process of creating fries. Ex-Mythbuster Grant Imahara tells us how french fries at McDonald's are made in this illuminating video:

Items 2-9 are used to partially fry the french fries at the start of the cooking process, whereas items 13-19 are the oil used to fry the fries a second time, at the actual restaurant. Items 5-7 are responsible for the signature McDonald's french fry flavour. And at least one of these ingredients has been "approved for use" in various foods, something that is mentioned to reassure the viewer, but actually only makes me raise my eyebrows a little more.


    How about in Australia?

      I dunno, but I do know that they used to be so much more delicious back when they were fried in beef fat. Then the fun police came and forced McDonalds to become 'healthier', the beef fat was swapped for vegetable oil, and McDonald's fries have sucked ever since.

    Its worth pointing out that "natural" foods have just as many chemicals. Probably less sodium though.

      Actually going by the video the fries are *still* technically just potatoes and "oil". It's just that the "oil" used to fry them is really a composite of *other* ingredients

    This is a Gaming Website - Post this shit on Gizmodo or Life Hacker. I come here to check Gaming news not food news.

      Every article by this author is either a gizmodo/life hacker article, full of spoilers or is about Pokemon (and usually repeating something they've already written)

      Its the game of life dude. game of life.

    Thought I'd stumbled into Lifehacker for a moment.

      I followed a link at the bottom of the page thinking I was on Lifehacker.

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