Posted on Jan 22, 2015

    It Turns Out British McDonald's Fries Have Way Fewer Ingredients Than American Ones

    YUM! I love the smell of dimethylpolysiloxane in the morning. UPDATED: There are only four ingredients in the British recipe!

    We got in touch with McDonald's in the UK after reading this story claiming that the UK recipe is different to the one detailed below.

    A spokesman said:

    "The only ingredients in our UK Fries are potatoes, vegetable oil (a blend of sunflower and rapeseed) and dextrose (predominantly added at the beginning of the potato season) with nothing added except a sprinkling of salt after cooking. Customers can request that their Fries are served without salt."

    Rule Britannia.

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    Original story below.

    In this video, Grant Imahara "reverse engineers" McDonald's fries.

    View this video on YouTube

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    And in this video, he talks us through the ingredients.

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    The MailOnline says there's an ingredient "used in Silly Putty" and a "petrol based" chemical in there, but it's apparently fine.

    Moving on. :-/

    Here's the end of the process: the potatoes being frozen.

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    They've just come out of a 50-yard freezer tunnel.

    Before that, they're partially fried.

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    This is to give them a "crisp outer shell", and now I'm hungry.

    And before that, you have the ingredient dip, whereby the fries are made golden.

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    Sodium acid pyrophosphate is added, to stop the fries going grey after freezing.

    No one wants grey fries.

    Right. Making chips. These potatoes...

    ...are about to be fired through here...

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    ...at 60–70mph.

    And the film ends in heartwarming fashion as our hero digs up an actual potato, which is what McDonald's wants you to know is what they use.

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    As well as 18 other ingredients including dimethylpolysiloxane, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and hydrogenated soybean oil! Yay!!

    Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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