What is McDonald's secret ingredient? | The Sun

FROM their chicken nuggets or their chips, McDonald's food has a distinctive flavour.

But do they have a special ingredient? Here's all you need to know.

What is McDonald's secret ingredient?

McDonald's has stores all over the world, and somehow manages to maintain its characterful flavours from store to store.

So how do they do it? Well, they do have additional ingredients, but these differ depending on the country you're eating in.

In the United States, for example, Maccies fries have "natural beef flavour" added to them, which contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients, according to the company website.

This apparently gives them their moreish flavour.

However, in the UK, this flavouring isn't added, meaning they're suitable for vegans.

According to the fast food giant's website the fries Brits get "are not coated in any fats or substances from an animal.


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"Once at the restaurant, our fries are simply cooked in dedicated frying vats in a non-hydrogenated blend of sunflower and rapeseed oil which is 100 percent suitable for vegans."

So what about their Hamburgers?

The company site says the patty contains no "additives, fillers, binders, preservatives or flavour enhancers.

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"Just pure forequarter and flank. A little salt and pepper is added to season after cooking."

What oil does McDonald's use?

There's no great mystery in terms of the oil used to cook at the Golden Arches either.

McDonald's cooking oil is non-hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Is McDonald's food real?

There are lots of weird myths about what McDonald's food contains.

But the reality is that their food is indeed real.

Their patties are made from British and Irish beef with salt and pepper added after cooking, and their fries are cut from whole potatoes.

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Their chicken nuggets are made from 100% chicken breast meat, according to the fast-food giant.

But the chicken itself only adds up to 45% of a McNugget – as the rest of it is a combination of batter, seasoning and oil.

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