An Ingredient Used In Fast Food French Fries Might Help Fight Baldness

Those 'Golden Arches' may be the answer to your missing hair follicles!

February 7, 2018
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People will do anything to stop the inevitable hair loss that comes with aging. But what if the cure had something in common with something totally delicious, like French fries? A new study says a chemical used to cook McDonald's fries can help generate hair growth. Researchers at Yokohama National University in Japan developed a method to prepare "hair follicle germs," or HFGs, that are designed to generate new hair follicles. The scientists said in a press release that the key to producing lots of HFGs at once was the materials they used in the process: oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane. McDonald's uses dimethylpolysiloxane to reduce oil splatter when cooking their fries and other fried foods. Their foods are cooked in a mixture of vegetable oil, citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane. To be clear, there's no evidence (yet) that a regular diet of McDonald's fries will stop baldness. The chemical in the study isn't the chemical that triggers hair growth; it simply helps the process along.

 

French Fries Can Help Baldness