Host of the eye-opening show Mythbusters, Grant Imahara, was at it again. He didn’t set out to get involved with explosives or crash test dummies . He recently focused on a specific food — which it can hardly be called — at McDonald’s: french fries.
In the potato-loving state, where he thankfully learned that the fries’ first ingredient are indeed spuds Imahara went directly to the fast food chain’s processing plant. However, the ingredients that followed are disturbing to say the least. Included on the list of 19 items are tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a petrol-based chemical, dimethylpolysiloxane, a form of silicone found in Silly Putty, and hydrogenated soybean oil, which is a manufactured form of trans fat.
Good thing you gave up on their fries a long time ago. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? These ingredients are downright unhealthy, a Franken-food that can wreak havoc on the body. Let’s take a closer look.
Brain damage and cancer with your fries?
More commonly known as the “Food Babe” who helped bring Subway’s bread ingredients into the spotlight in 2014 for their use of a substance that’s also used in yoga mats, dimethylpolysiloxane should be avoided , according to Vani Hari. The McDonald’s french fry ingredient is the same as what’s found in mold release agents , hair conditioner , saquarium tank sealants . In some cases, she explains that it even contains formaldehyde, a highly toxic chemical associated with cancer, allergies , brain damage, and auto-immune disorders.
Interestingly, Hari notes that McDonald’s fries are worse than those made in Europe. She writes that, compared to the U.S., french fries in the UK are primarily made of a few basic ingredients such as vegetable oil, potatoes, and some salt and sugar .
“ With such an uncomplicated list of ingredients all over Europe, how can McDonald’s make french fries but not over here ?” she asked. “Why do McDonald’s french fries in the U.S. have to have an ‘anti-foaming’ agent? Do the [B]rits like extra foam? No, they don’t, Europe actually regulates this ingredient because they know this man-made chemical was never intended to be consumed by humans. This whole time [McDonald’s] has known about this and chooses to continue to serve [its U.S.] citizens silly putty.”
Then there is the issue of tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ).
Those involved in making the chemical casually applaud its so-called virtues. It’s a “type of phenol” that is “used to stabilize fats , foods, and vegetable oils against oxidative deterioration, the site TBHQTertiaryButylhydroquinone.com says ” which extends their storage life. Unfortunately, the site also says that it’s found in everything from perfumes to biodiesel. Worse, it claims that it’s safe to ingest.
It is also used as a corrosion inhibitor in biodiesel. In perfumery, it is used to improve stability and as a fixative to lower the evaporation rate. It is also added to lacquers, resins, varnishes, and oil field additives. Both the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have evaluated TBHQ and determined that it is safe to consume at the concentration allowed in foods.
Sinking your teeth into a “silent killer”
Finally, let’s take a look at hydrogenated soybean oil.
It’s used like TBHQ, in the food industry to prolong shelf life. It’s also referred to as the “Silent Killer,” and for good reason. At least 100,000 cardiac deaths that take place annually in the United States could have been prevented “if people replaced trans fat with healthier non hydrogenated polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils”report put out by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston noted.
All these chemicals are bad for people’s health. They’re not natural, are found in Silly Putty and added to resins, and play a role in destroying heart health. Be sure to steer clear of McDonald’s french fries, and foods from other fast food restaurants for that matter. In doing so, you’ll be vastly improving overall health
source : complete-health-and-happiness.com