Researchers in Japan believe they’ve finally hit jackpot in finding a cure for baldness - and believe it or not, it involves the humble McDonald’s French fry.
That’s right, in one of the most delicious baldness cures we’ve heard of since ... well, ever, scientists claim that a chemical found in the delicious Maccas snack can help generate hair growth.
The study by Yokohama National University in Japan and published in Biomaterials claims that oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane - now that’s a mouthful - is a crucial component to producing new hair follicles.
McDonald's uses dimethylpolysiloxane - combined with vegetable oil and citric acid - to reduce oil splatter when they’re cooking their fries and other fried foods.
So when it comes to foods rich in the baldness-fighting chemicals, it’s top of the list.
Scientists were quick to point out that dimethylpolysiloxane is just one of the chemicals needed to promote hair growth, so chowing down on Maccas fries might not cure your baldness once and for all. But, they say, it certainly helps the process along.
And the Japanese researchers said they were able to grow black hair on the backs and scalps of mice - ewwwww - as part of their studies into dimethylpolysiloxane, showing that the chip chemical does have definite baldness-fighting merits.
So next time your at Maccas with a, er, hair-challenged bloke, make sure you order him an extra serve of fries. Just to be sure ...