There’s no arguing that McDonald’s French fries have become a staple of the international fast food diet. Noted for their delicious, salty flavor and perfect crunch, you can’t go wrong with an order of those to round out your Happy Meal.
For as good as they taste and as often as people consume them, there’s still very little known about how those French fries come to be so consistently tasty.
At least, there wasn’t much information, until now. McDonald’s has finally given people the chance to see just how their iconic fries are made, but the reality of what happens in the process might make you reconsider ever eating them again…
It’s no secret that McDonald’s French fries have easily become one the most famous fast food items around the world. Though, for as often as people eat them, most of us don’t really know much about the way our beloved fries are produced…
McDonald’s has always remained rather secretive about the way their French fries are made. While most people think this is because they don’t want their secret recipe to be revealed, others are claiming it’s because they’re hiding something…
Professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Michael Pollan, has claimed to have recently discovered that McDonald’s iconic French fries are made in such a manner that would disgust most people enough to make them never want to eat them again…
Michael’s research found that, because McDonald’s uses a specific type of potato that is prone to browning, the fast food chain uses a harmful pesticide to prevent that discoloration from occurring.
Michael goes on to claim that the pesticide can linger on the potato for several weeks after they are sprayed. “When they harvest they have to put them in these atmosphere-controlled sheds the size of a football stadium because they are not edible for six weeks,” Michael said.
Consuming these fries so soon after they are sprayed with the pesticide can lead to a number of hazardous health risks. Some of them include: difficulty breathing, blurred vision, slurred speech, coma, and even death.
Following these reports, McDonald’s recently allowed people to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the production process of how their iconic French fries are made. The footage they released began by showing tons of potatoes being unloaded from trucks. The potatoes are then skinned, washed, and sent through a high-pressure water tube.
This water propels the whole potatoes through a grater at between 60 and 70 mph. When they emerge on the other end, they already have the familiar McDonald’s French fry shape most people have come to know and love over the years.
Then, the French fries are coated with sugar, which is used to give the food product its consistent coloration. This is followed by the a trip on a conveyor belt where they are coated in sodium acid pyrophosphate to keep them from graying once they’re frozen.
Then they move down the conveyor belt for even more treatment. Watch the video below to see former Mythbuster co-host Grant Imahara’s reaction to the process, and see where the fries go next!
Everyone who eats French fries knows they’re not consuming the healthiest meal option, but this process takes unhealthy to a whole new level.
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