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Top 5 McDonald's Facts You Don't Want to Know

VOICE OVER: Chris Masson
Written by Michael Wynands
Top 5 McDonald's Facts You Probably Didn't Want to Know

To be fair, McDonald's does have some commendable qualities!... but for the sake of entrainment, that's not what we're focusing on today. There have been plenty of scandals and questionable practices in the house that Big Mac built, we're gonna keep things simple, by focusing on the food, the marketing behind it, and its impact on the way we eat.

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Written by Michael Wynands

Top 5 McDonald's Facts You Don't Want To Know


They say, "you are what you eat." But if you eat a lot of Mickey D's, “what you’re made of” may require a long, complicated and kind of scary explanation. Welcome to WatchMojo’s Top 5 Facts.

In today’s instalment, we’re counting down the top five facts you don’t want to know about McDonald’s. To be fair, the restaurant chain does have some commendable qualities, but for the sake of entrainment, that's not what we're focusing on today. There have been plenty of scandals and questionable practices in the history of this mega corporation, we’re gonna keep things simple, by focusing on the food, the marketing behind it, and its impact on the way we eat.

#5: There Are 19 Ingredients in McDonald’s French Fries

Are you looking for a surefire way to stump even the most experienced chef? Just ask them to make french fries... with the caveat that they have to use 19 ingredients. Not chili fries, not fries with gravy, or artery clogging poutine - just, a plate of plain old french fries. That’s how McDonald’s does it. In addition to your standard, you know, potatoes, oil and salt, McDonald’s trademark french fries also include, just to name a few: natural beef flavoring, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate to “maintain color” and something called “Dimethylpolysiloxane”. But don’t let all those syllables scare you, because as Grant Imahara from “Mythbusters” will tell you in a certain “transparency campaign” video, it’s just an anti-foaming agent! In fact, it works so well that you're probably already not drooling!

#4: McDonald's Strawberry Shakes Contain Everything but Strawberries

In the interest of fairness, let’s first dispel a popular myth about the McDonald’s “Shake”. McDonald’s milkshakes are listed simply as “Shakes” on many menus across the world, resulting in Internet conspiracy theorists taking this as proof that they don’t contain milk. Unlike traditional milkshakes, McDonald’s shakes do not contain ice cream, but the very first ingredient... is still milk– but beyond that we're on shaky ground. In the case of the strawberry shakes, the ingredients list begins a dark descent into the chemical abyss of horror that is “food additives.” There are a staggering 59 ingredients in a McDonald’s Strawberry Shake, most of which are lumped together under the umbrella ingredient “artificial strawberry flavouring,” like methyl benzoate, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10% solution in alcohol), and... solvent. Just like mom used to make!

#3: McDonald’s Salads Might Be Worse For You Than the Burgers

You’re on a road trip with friends, and out of desperate hunger, you pull over at the Mickey D’s. Your friends all order a Big Mac and fries, but you’ve been making an effort to eat healthier, so you opt for the salad- like a chump! While they might market their salads as proof that they can provide nutritious alternatives for the health-conscientious, in some nightmarish twist of logic, they’ve managed to make salads that are less healthy than their hamburgers. The Southwest Crispy Chicken Salad contains more fat, calories, and, worst of all, more lettuce than a bacon double cheeseburger. The Caesar Salad beats out a DOUBLE Big Mac in calories and fat, while delivering less protein and reeking of Caesar salad. What’s their secret? It’s all in the dressing.

#2: Its Marketing Strategies Have Been Called “Creepy & Predatory”

Debuting in 1979, McDonald’s Happy Meal is the must-have fast food kids meal. In fact, the Happy Meal has actually turned McDonald’s into THE largest toy distributor in the world, surpassing Mattel and Hasbro, with over 1.5 billion toys distributed. It might seem like a costly giveaway, but not when you consider that they aren’t just selling a happy meal, they’re making lifelong customers out of children from the youngest possible age. And it’s that brilliant marketing that drew the attention of nutrition watchdog group CSPI, who took McDonald’s to court over the way in which they use toys to lure children into their business, a marketing strategy they referred to as “creepy and predatory”.


#1: McDonald’s Feeds 68 Million People A Day


Go ahead and do the math. If McDonald’s own estimate of “68 million customers per day” is accurate, that means they feed 1% of the world’s population daily. And considering the official position of any self-respecting medical professional regarding McDonald’s can be summed as follows “DON'T EAT THAT”, that figure paints a pretty bleak picture of our collective health and nutritional values. McDonald’s cultivates dedicated customers young, and keeps them coming back as they get older with a versatile and ever expanding menu of affordable fast food to cater to every choice or trend. As the McDonald’s training manual proudly states, they sell over 75 hamburgers every second.

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