Why Do McDonald’s Fries Have Nearly 20 Ingredients?

Is the dimethylpolysiloxane really necessary?

Ask just about anybody how to make French fries, and they’ll probably give you something approximating the correct answer: You deep-fry potatoes in oil, and add some salt. Three ingredients, and that’s it, right? Well, head on over to the ingredients listing for what cooking oil does McDonald’s use in fries and here’s what you’ll find:

“FRENCH FRIES:
Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*, Citric Acid [Preservative]), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt.

Prepared in Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil) with TBHQ and Citric Acid to preserve freshness of the oil and Dimethylpolysiloxane to reduce oil splatter when cooking.