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An Ingredient in McDonald’s French Fries Could Prevent Baldness

I was just about to pat myself on the back for officially giving up McDonald's, but now there might be a reason to occasionally head on back to the Golden Arches. A new study says that a chemical used to cook McDonald's French fries can help improve hair growth. Miracles do happen. 

Researchers at Japanese university Yokohama National University discovered the link while studying hair follicles and ways to generate more of them. The chemical oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane was used in the process of producing "hair follicle germs," becoming noticeable for helping along the hair-growing process. 

Inc. reports that McDonald's uses that same chemical to reduce oil splatter in the cooking of their fries. If you think the use of any chemicals in food is a little sketch, the FDA reportedly claims that the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane is safely edible if its portion in food is less than 10 parts per million in food, aka a very small amount. 

While the chemical ingredient doesn't exactly target hair growth, it has a proven record of moving along the process. So, if you need a legit reason to explain your fry addiction, maybe fall back on the claim that you're preventing future baldness? 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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