In case you haven’t heard, McDonald’s has taken a stand against GMO ingredients being in its fries, siding with the whopping 90 percent of American consumers saying they don’t want GMOs in their grub any longer.
Although the move is an admirable one, it’s important to realize that McDonald’s fries are “cooked in nonorganic soy and canola oils,” which are almost-assuredly obtained from GMO plants. The chain’s fries also carry beef flavoring, as well as an anti-foaming chemical known as dimethylpolysiloxane, which can be toxic in its own right.
Take a look at how you can make healthier fries for yourself below:
• Soak your spuds. Soak your raw, sliced potatoes in water for up to two hours before you start cooking them up; doing so will lower their acrylamide content by almost 50 percent! Just a 30-second rinse lowers acrylamide content by over 20 percent in case you’re running late and must be quick. You can even microwave your spuds for half a minute before frying ‘em up, which will lower acrylamide levels by a sizable 60 percent. Because storing potatoes in your refrigerator can lead to more acrylamide present while you cook, make sure your potatoes are in a dark, cool place, rather than the fridge, prior to cooking.
• Dirty potatoes are no-nos. Nonorganic potatoes frequently have more pesticides by weight than all other foods. Fortunately, organic potatoes aren’t even that pricey!
• Rate your plate. You can rate the health value of your french fries by looking up the health information of the various ingredients you included on your plate.
While some may see this information as small potatoes, “this decision marks a milestone” towards keeping consumers safe from its food products’ possible dangers involved with GMO ingredients. Considering McDonald’s is “a global leader in fast food sales,” as well as a huge potato purchaser in the U.S., claimed Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, it’s exciting to see what came from consumers speaking up to make a difference.
Plus, this puts pressure on McDonald’s biggest competitors to follow suit. Whether it’s Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Wendys, or other popular fast-food joints, the McDonald’s decision to say “no” to GMOs has put them on edge as they try to counter with a profit-rising move of their own.
Whatever the inevitable counter-move is, I bet it will involve an improved health ingredient in their own foods– after all, the customer is always right!
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