McDonald’s french fries not only cures hunger, but also hair loss, according to a team of Japanese university scientists.
In a recent study published in the journal Biomaterials, a chemical added to McDonald’s fries to stop the cooking oil from frothing can also help with the stimulation of hair growth.
A stem cell research team at Yokohama National University were able to successfully mass produce 5,000 hair follicle germs (HFGs) for the first time after using dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone, to regrow hair on mice.
“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,” Professor Junji Fukuda said in the study. “We demonstrated that the integrity of the oxygen supply through the bottom of the silicone chip was crucial to enabling both ssHFG formation and subsequent hair shaft generation.”
The next steps in the research process would be to test the chemical on human skin cells.
“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Fukuda told the Daily Record. “We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells.”
According to StopPoisoningUs.org, dimethylpolysiloxane can also be found in other fast food restaurants including Subway, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Burger King, Arby’s and more.
Under high temperatures, it is known to degrade into compounds such as formaldehyde, dangerous carcinogen often used for embalming.
Twitter users chimed in with their thoughts about rubbing french fry oil on a bald head.
— Strike Up The Band (@UpriseNole) February 6, 2018
RUB FRENCH FRY GREASE ALL OVER YO BALD HEAD https://t.co/U0e8c3gFLp
— beep beep lettuce (@BigmoneyDev) February 7, 2018
Scientists find cure for baldness in McDonald’s French fry cooking oil, much to the chagrin of this bald McDonald’s fan. https://t.co/SmriXUSaeK
— Brian LaBelle (@brianlabelle) February 6, 2018
Tbh wouldn’t you rather be bald instead of walking around with a french fry toupee? https://t.co/8Dkmjl8aNt
— Rocco Deserto (@RoccoDeserto) February 6, 2018
This doesn’t mean go on a french fry binge, all you bald fat sad dudes who just read this headline and got a glimmer of hope for the first time in years. https://t.co/sTKySZlh4p
— Daniel Modell (@dmnyc) February 5, 2018