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This Is How McDonald's Fries Are Made, According To McDonald's

WTF is sodium acid pyrophosphate?!

After showing us how Chicken McNuggets and McRib patties are made, McDonald's is back with yet another video in what we like to refer to as the company's truth-telling campaign. The latest video is far less frozen and complicated than the previous two menu items and is aptly titled "What Are McDonald's Fries Made Of?"

Once again, host Grant Imahara of "Mythbusters" fame leads the way, asking the plant manager the one question McDonald's customers have asked themselves: "Are the fries even made out of potatoes?" And furthermore, "Are they ground up and mushed into the fry shape?"

Here's how McDonald's fries made, from start to freezing:

Step 1: Potatoes are transferred from the farm to the potato plant.

Step 2: The potatoes are cut.

Step 3: Ingredients are dipped to "control color, add dextrose and sodium acid pyrophosphate."

Step 4: Potatoes are partially fried for a "crisp, outer shell."

Step 5: Potatoes go into a "frozen tunnel" for freezing, then are sent to McDonald's stores.

There are a few fun takeaways from this video, like the fact that McDonald's shoots potatoes through a cutting device at 60-70 mph. But there are also a few less-than-awesome moments.

Dextrose (aka sugar) is added to McDonald's fries, as is sodium acid pyrophosphate to limit the "greying" of fries after freezing. And despite the "farm-to-table" approach this video takes, similar to the one McDonald's Canada tried in 2012, fries are still not healthy for you, with a small order of fries coming in at 230 calories and 11 grams of fat. So no matter how great the fries look, they're still not great for your diet.

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Chick-Fil-A Waffle Potato Fries
A small order of Chick-Fil-A Waffle Potato Fries contains 310 calories, and 16 grams of fat.
7
Wendy's Natural-Cut Fries
A small order of Wendy's Natural-Cut Fries contains 310 calories and 15 grams of fat.
6
Jack In The Box French Fries
A small order of Jack In The Box French Fries contains 300 calories and 14 grams of fat.
5
KFC Seasoned Potato Wedges
An order of KFC's Seasoned Potato Wedges contains 290 calories and 15 grams of fat.
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Sonic Natural Cut Fries
A small order of Sonic Natural Cut Fries contains 280 calories and 13 grams of fat.
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Arby's Curly Fries (*Snack Size)
A snack-sized* order of Arby's Curly Fries contains 240 calories and 13 grams of fat. *A "snack"-sized order (which is smaller than a "small" size) of Arby's Curly Fries is 77 grams, which is more similar in weight to the rest of the french fry servings on this list.
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Burger King French Fries (*Value Size)
A value-sized* order of Burger King French Fries contains 240 calories and 15 grams of fat. *A "value"-sized order (which is smaller than a "small" size) of Burger King Fries is 74 grams, which is more similar in weight to the rest of the french fry servings on this list.
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McDonald's World Famous Fries
A small order of McDonald's World Famous Fries contains 230 calories and 11 grams of fat.