McDonald’s fries in the US have way more ingredients than UK fries

McDonald’s is really trying to be more transparent about what goes into their food.

After dispelling the pink goo McNugget rumor and addressing what’s really in a McRib, the fast food chain released the latest installment of “Our food. Your questions.” to let us in on how those magical fries are made. Mythbusters host Grant Imahara took us from fryer to farm in a reverse process peek at what goes into McDonald’s potatoes.

While the global burger chain does explain the usage of a few unpronounceable ingredients meant to preserve color and texture, it looks like these practices aren’t being implemented across the board.

After checking out, a blogger on Boing Boing points out that McDonald’s french fries in the U.K. appear to have far fewer ingredients than those produced in the U.S.-- and no crazy, hard-to-say additives. did a side by side comparison of the two websites and found the same information.

A side by side comparison of French fry ingredients in McDonald's US and the UK.

Across the pond, Brits are enjoying McDonald’s French fries sans additives like Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Dimethylpolysiloxane and “natural beef flavor.” Dimethylpolysiloxane is “added as an anti-foaming agent” but it’s also a silicon-based organic polymer used to make Silly Putty.

Hmm. Looks like the chain has some more explaining to do to American consumers.

A request for comment from McDonald's was not immediately returned.