Grant Imahara, host of the Mythbusters show, instead of testing dummies or explosives, recently turned the attention on a food, if you can call it like that, McDonalds French fries.
Visiting the plant for fast food itself, he found out that the main ingredients of the fries are spuds for real. However, the rest of the ingredients are worrying. Some of them, which are 19 altogether, are tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) a chemical based on petrol, dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone used in Silly Putty, hydrogenated soybean oil, a structure derived from trans-fat.
If you havent quit eating their fries yet, now its the time. The aforementioned substances are completely unhealthy and may cause severe consequences to your body. Lets see this through.
Brain damage and cancer with your fries?
Vani Hari states that you certainly should avoid dimethylpolysiloxane. This man is also known as the Food Babe and in 2014 proved that the bread from Subway shares an ingredient with yoga mats. The French fries from McDonalds shares some ingredients with sealant from aquarium tanks, hair conditioners and agents that discharge mold. It may also contain formaldehyde, a very perilous chemical often connected to cancer, brain damage, allergies and other auto-immune disorders.
According to Hari, the fries in USs McDonalds are even worse than those in Europe, because those in the UK for example, consist chiefly of potatoes, vegetable oils and salt and sugar.
The questions that pose themselves are: why the list of ingredients of the fries in Europe is simpler than the one in the US?, why the anti-foaming agent is used in the fries in the US?, does the foam represent a problem for the British? Even though we all know the answers to these questions, the USs McDonalds go on with serving silly putty to the people.
Safe to eat, even though its the same ingredient found in lacquers
We came to tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ).
This substance has met positive criticism only by those who create it. On the TBHQTertiaryButylhydroquinone.com website it is said that it is a phenol used for making foods, vegetable oils and fats constant and for avoiding oxidative deterioration. Nevertheless, the same website also says that many chemicals, from perfumes to biodiesels, contain this substance and still claims it is safe to be consumed.
Its other uses are: preventing corrosion in biodiesel, lowering the level of evaporation and improving stability of the fixatives in perfumery, as part of lacquers, resins, varnishes, oil additives. Still, it is approved for consuming in a concentration established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Sinking your teeth into a silent killer
Now were reviewing the hydrogenated soybean oil.
It is also used in the food industry to prevent the shelfs going bad. People call it the silent killer, because researcher from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston have noticed that if people used monounsaturated or non hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils instead of trans fat the annual rate of the cardiac deaths in the US would be lower for 100,000 cases.
The chemicals we talked about in this article are very dangerous, unnatural and wreck the health of the heart. They are found in Silly Putty and in resins. Take a big step for improving your health by avoiding fast food from any fast food restaurant or the like.