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Video: McDonald’s uses 19 ingredients in its fries, insists none of them will kill you

Published Jan 22nd, 2015 9:30PM EST
McDonald's French Fries Ingredients List

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Ever make homemade french fries? It’s pretty easy, actually — just cut up some potatoes into thin strips, dump them into a pot full of boiling oil, remove them when they turn a golden brown and then salt them to your tastes. So really, that’s three basic ingredients: Potatoes, oil (peanut and canola both work fine) and salt. If you’re McDonald’s, however, it takes an insane 19 different ingredients to make something that should be an incredibly simple meal.

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In yet another one of its videos intended to dispel nasty rumors about the content and quality of McDonald’s food, the company explains why it needs to have these 19 ingredients to make its fries, including four different types of oil: Canola, corn, soybean and hydrogenated soybean. Interestingly, McDonald’s counts each of these oils as two different ingredients since they’re first used to partially fry the potatoes as part of the preparation process and then used to fully fry them when they’re about to be served.

Other staple ingredients include dimethylpolysiloxane, which McDonald’s explains is an anti-foaming agent, and potatoes, which McDonald’s says are thankfully the No. 1 ingredient.

Watch the whole video below, although we doubt it will make you feel better about eating fries at McDonald’s.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.