Ever wonder worry about what makes McDonald's fries taste so insanely delicious? McDonald's recently released some video footage to assuage all your fears! (Kind of.) Watch:
Mythbusters host Grant Imahara asks the French fry makers to answer questions everyone asks themselves, like, "Are French fries made of mashed potato goo?" (A: No, they're made from real Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, Umatilla Russet, and Shepody potatoes), and, "How do you get the perfectly shaped French fry?" (A: You shoot raw potatoes through a water-fueled, cannon-like cutter at 60 to 70 miles per hour. Obviously.)
It's the kind of stuff your childhood dreams are made of, but also slightly nauseating.
A second video explains the purpose of all 19 (!) ingredients in fries (18, minus the potatoes). In short: They use seven different kinds of oils for frying; random seasonings like natural beef flavor, hydrolyzed wheat, and hydrolyzed milk for taste; dextrose, which is a fancy word for sugar, that make fries look golden; a bunch of difficult-to-pronounce-but-allegedly-safe preservatives to prevent potatoes from turning a gross shade of gray when they're partially fried and frozen before they're shipped to stores for a final frying; salt for flavor; and (oh yeah) potatoes.
Now you know. Pass the ketchup?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.