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Study finds Mcdonald's french fries could cure baldness

By Staff Writer February 8, 2018
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Who would have thought?

We're used to the fast food giant, McDonald's bringing us delicious junk food in our times of need.

Well, it turns out the food may be more than just delicious.

McDonald's french fries might lead to a cure for baldness. But not by eating them.

Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University used a chemical found in the fries to grow hair follicles on mice, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Biomaterials.

The chemical is put into the oil used to cook fries in order to prevent it from splattering.

"These self-sorted hair follicle germs were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon intracutaneous transplantation into the backs of nude mice," reads an excerpt from the study.

Scientists were able to produce around 5000 “hair follicle germs” using dimethylpolysiloxane. When these hair follicles were transplanted onto bald mice, new hair started to grow.

Experts believe they can use this same method to on humans.

“This simple method is very robust and promising. 

“We hope that this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia.” said Junji Fukuda, one of the study’s authors. 

Although researchers note more studies are required, the findings could lead to a potential strategy for hair regeneration.

According to nutrition information found on McDonald's website, dimethylpolysiloxane is used as an anti-foaming agent in the oil used to fry foods including french fries, Chicken McNuggets and fried fish sandwiches. 

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