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Are McDonald's French Fries Vegetarian or vegan?

 

Many people want to know: Are McDonald's French Fries vegetarian or vegan? Those who want to go to McDonald's in America will be disappointed to learn that their French Fries are not vegetarian or vegan. In fact, they contain beef fat. They are not vegetarian, which means they are also not vegan. 

Years ago, McDonald's settled a lawsuit with some vegetarians, after leading people to believe their fries were vegetarian when they actually contained beef fat. They settled for $10 million

Today, McDonald's French Fries are not vegetarian. Neither are their hash browns. This comes as a surprise to many people. In some countries they do not use beef fat in their fries and hash browns, but in America they do. According to the McDonald's website, here are the ingredients in the French fries:

Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.

Here is the ingredient list for McDonald's hash browns, taken from their website:

Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*), Salt, Corn Flour, Dehydrated Potato, Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Extractives of Black Pepper. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients

If you look up McDonald's ingredient lists or vegetarian and vegan options for other countries you will find that these products are often vegetarian and/or vegan. But here in America, they are not vegetarian.



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