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Fried Foods

Run a search for "dimethylpolysiloxane" on the McDonald’s ingredients page and the chemical will show up 35 times, in every fried food they sell as well as, oddly enough, Dr Pepper. But it’s not just McDonald’s: just about every fast-food fry-o-lator contains the chemical, which is a type of silicone used in cosmetics and even Silly Putty. Its main purpose is to keep oil from foaming. The vegetable oil at McDonald’s is also dosed with a bit of tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a petroleum-based preservative.

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