An important factor in the success of this fast-food chain is its tasty fries. These are the customers’ favourite item and are more poplar than their burgers. The cooking oil they use adds to the taste of the fries. They cook fries in a mixture of about 7% cottonseed oil and 93% beef tallow. This gives them their unique flavor.
This fast food burger company faced controversies when criticized by the Indian Hindus and the vegetarians alike, regarding the use of beef in their fries and by the health conscious people; the McDonald authorities apologized and admitted using beef fat and proclaimed their switch to vegetable oil which is less cholesterol producing.
How healthy are the French Fries?
French Fries may be tasty but not healthy. They contain sodium and saturated fats.
Acryl amide is a chemical substance produced when starch rich food stuffs are baked, fried, grilled or micro-waved at very high temperatures. It is carcinogenic; that is, can cause tumor and cancer. French Fries are fried at 190°C.
We have found a trans-fat free oil to fry our fries and plan to use it for our entire menu items by 2008; we are already using it in a large number of our restaurants, claimed McDonald’s. But the critics say that the authorities had instructed their staff not to tell its customers the restaurants they have started using the new oil.
Eating fries fried in saturated oil regularly can increase your bad cholesterol count, thereby risking coronary heart disease (CHD), your chances of developing tumors and cancer. It can make you real fat!
It is impossible for a customer to identify fries made in saturated oil and trans-fat free oil, at sight or by tasting or smelling them. The WHO should ban the use of saturated oils, thereby producing healthy and tasty fries for the fry-lovers round the globe.
FRIES OR DIE!
McDonald’s French Fries (medium 114g)
Total Calories: 380
Total Fat: 20 g (% Daily Value = 31)
Saturated Fat: 4 g (% Daily Value = 20)
Trans Fat: 5 g
One McDonald’s large fries contains 8gms of Trans Fat