Does McDonald's Have Any Other Health-Harming Secrets They Need to Share?
February 28, 2006
Shortly after revealing that its French fries contain more trans fat than originally thought, McDonald's has admitted that wheat and dairy ingredients are used to flavor the popular menu item.
Until recently, McDonald's had claimed that its fries were free of these substances, which can cause allergic reactions or other medical problems for some.
McDonald's actions have caused anger and concern among patrons on gluten-free diets. More than 2 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by wheat gluten.
Lying About Fries
This is not the first time McDonald's has been shown to be less than honest about the content of its fries. In 2002, the company paid $10 million for a lawsuit when it was revealed that the fries, which McDonald's had claimed were cooked in pure vegetable oil, actually used an oil containing beef flavoring.
Last February, McDonald's paid $8.5 million in a similar lawsuit after the company indefinitely delayed its promise to switch to a healthier cooking oil.