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

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