Many men are embarrassed when they start losing their hair and begin taking all sort of weird products to help their hair re-grow. But a new study says if they actually want to keep their luscious locks, they should start eating more McDonald's.
A study conducted by researchers in Japan determined that a chemical used in the process to make McDonald's french fries could also be a cure for baldness. McDonald's adds dimethylpolysiloxane during the cooking process of their french fries because it prevents the frying oil from frothing. The Japanese researchers found that dimethylpolysiloxane also led to the mass production of hair follicle germs in mice, which leads to new hair growth.
"The key for the mass production of hair follicle germs was a choice of substrate materials for culture vessel," says research Junji Fukuda, a professor at Yokohama National University. "We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well."
The researchers say that while the experiments were only performed on mice, they believe they can re-produce the results in humans, which may become a major breakthrough in fighting baldness.
Now you may be thinking it's weird that McDonald's is using this strange chemical in cooking and that it could help with baldness. But it isn't too weird. Dimethylpolysiloxane is already used in different skin lotions and moisturizers, as well as in some shampoo and conditioners. So we've already used this chemical on our body, and we're also already ingesting it (assuming you eat McDonald's french fries).
For the record, McDonald's french fries contain only a trace amount of dimethylpolysiloxane in them. So if you're bald and hoping pigging out on french fries will get your hair back, you'll probably end up with a lot of disappointment and a slightly larger pants size.