American McDonald's Fries Have 14 Ingredients, Including "Natural Beef Flavor"

Here's some more McDonald’s news for those of you who were planning on making your twice-yearly pilgrimage to the fast food joint sometime soon. According to reports, American McDonald’s fries have three times as many ingredients as in the UK, which should neither shock nor astound but should give you something to consider when grabbing that Happy Meal. The freedom fries have upwards of 14 ingredients, reports Eater, which include but are not limited to “hydrolyzed milk, natural beef flavor, and sodium acid pyrophosphate.” Here’s the upside, as reported by Eater’s Khushbu Shah: “One of those ingredients is actual potato.”

This news follows a recent campaign by McDonald’s called “Our food. Your questions,” which attempts to add some transparency to the seemingly-shady process of fast food production. They answer FAQs like "do you use dye in your shakes?" and "what's in a Chicken Mcnugget?" Boing Boing’s Mark Frauenfelder writes that one of the ingredients used in the American version of the franchise’s pommes frites is “methylpolysiloxane, a commonly used anti-foaming agent that's also an ingredient used to make Silly Putty.”

If you want to know more about what goes into those fries (and other favorite or least-favorite items) you can watch below. Though it seems like people indulge in fast food when they aren't feeling so concerned about what they're filling their bellies with.

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