A Chemical in McDonald's French Fries Could Help Cure Baldness, Study Says

But no, you can't just eat the fries and wait for thick locks.

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Move aside, Rogaine: McDonald’s fries could actually hold the key to curing hair loss.

A new study published in the journal Biomaterials says a chemical used to make McDonald’s beloved fries can help stimulate hair growth.

Scientists in Japan found that dimethylpolysiloxane was a key in producing mass amounts of hair follicle germs (HFGs) at once during a study on mice. According to Inc, Mickey D’s uses the chemical to reduce oil splatter when making their fried foods, and cooks their foods in a mixture of vegetable oil, citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane, too.

While the chemical was successful in the context of the experience, they study also says it has not stimulate hair growth in isolation—meaning you can’t just eat fries and wait for thick, gorgeous locks.

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Either way, people have taken to Twitter with their thoughts on the matter.

“Bald men today headed to @McDonalds to super-size their French Fry order,” one Twitter user joked.

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“Well I have bad news for them. I have enjoyed McD’s FF for 55 years and I’m still bald,” another spoke out.

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