Everyone knows the french fries at McDonald’s cannae be beaten.

There’s just something about them fries. They’re inimitable. Their crisp, golden skins? Unmistakable. They’re so inspiring, Kanye West once wrote a poem about them.

And as it turns out, they’re not just delicious.

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Yokohama National University in Japan, an ingredient used in McDonald’s golden sticks of goodness could potentially help cure baldness.

The study, which was published in the Biomaterials journal, found that the ingredient dimethylpolysiloxane (an anti-foaming agent made of silicone added to the oil the fries cook in) might improve hair regrowth therapies.


there is hope yet, george

They tested it out on hairless mice and low and behold, they got hairier.

“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Yokohama National University Professor Junji Fukuda told The Sun.

While further research still needs to be done before it can be applied to humans, scientists said the results were “promising”.

“We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).

“In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells.”

Male-pattern hair loss, resulting in the loss of hair at the top an front of the scalp predominately, affects around half of all men and a quarter of women by 50 years of age.

Sure, it might be one small study on non-human animals, but it’s also another excuse to go treat yourself to some golden long boys.

(As if you really needed one.)