When I was a young lad, McDonald’s was the go-to restaurant. My mom took us there all the time. My choices ranged from the triple cheeseburger, Big Mac or chicken nuggets. The most important thing I had to have were the French Fries! I love fries and growing up, McDonald’s fries were the top on my list.
Fast forward umpteen years later. I am now a wife & mother to my own children who also have come to love McDonald’s. Over the last 5 years, we have been doing better with healthy eating and researching what’s in our food. With movies like Food Inc. and Forks & Knives, I have cut down my meat intake to a couple of times a week.
For the most part, I don’t eat at fast food restaurants anymore. It’s that 2% of the time that I would stop and get my old faithful french fries. Well, McDonald’s published its french fry ingredients and it’s a list of 17! At home, I make the best fries. I even made a video about how I make Oven Fried Potatoes. I use two ingredients, Potatoes and Olive Oil. Why does McDonalds need 17 ingredients?
After reading an article (the bulk is below), I decided I have seen my last days with their French Fries. I bought some and although they tasted the same as they always did, they tasted different because I now knew what I was eating.
I am so tired of companies producing foods that have ingredients that harm us. No, it might not harm us the day we eat it but over the long haul, it will add up in our system. It makes you wonder why so many people are sick or just have health issues. I understand companies are in the business “to make money” but it is at the risk of your customers health? It seems so.
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 color variations then soaked in dextrose for an even color. 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.
Here are the 17 Ingredients: Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavor (vegetable source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), 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).
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). Source.