Baldness cure in an ingredient - in McD's fries?

In an eye-catching story with a relationship that's kind of a reach, researchers are saying that a popular chemical often used in things like the cooking of McDonald's French fries has been found to potentiall cure baldness - at least in mice, so far.

First off, who knew mice going bald was an issue??

Second, the chemical - called dimethylpolysiloxane - is as type of silicone. It's used during the cooking process to reduce oil splatter and keep the fries from sticking together. Many fast-food restaurants use the chemical in the cooking process. Dimethylpolysiloxane is also a key ingredient in Silly Putty. Apparently the effect this chemical has on mice, in certain combinations and doses, may help regrow hair.

But let's be clear for now: eating McDonald's fries at this time is not in any way an effective cure for baldness. It's just a tasty, indulgent way to get more salt and potato in your diet. And a lil' dimethylpolysiloxane.

Eric Paulsen

Eric Paulsen

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