This is Why You Should Never Drink a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
Just in case you were thinking about grabbing a large, 22-ounce McDonald’s Shamrock Shake today… you may want to know that it contains:
- 23 Grams of Fat
- 115 Grams of Sugar
- 820 Calories
This is roughly the same amount of calories as:
- 1.5 Big Macs, or
- 2.5 Hot Fudge Sundaes, or
- Nearly 3 Egg McMuffins
Oh… you may also be interested in learning that it contains 54 different ingredients, including:
Milk, Sugar, Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Disodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, More Water, More Sugar, Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1, Cream, More Nonfat Milk, More Corn Syrup, More Sugar, More High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less Than 1%: Mono-And Diglycerides, More Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural (Dairy and Plant Sources) and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor, Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide), Cherries, More Water, More Corn Syrup, More High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural (Plant Source) and Artificial Flavors, More Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Red 40, Sulfur Dioxide as Preservative (Contains Sulfites).
A “shake” should have 4-6 ingredients, not 54 ingredients. With the Shamrock Shake, McDonald’s is serving up a chemical shit-storm that is made up of several artificial preservatives and colorings that are toxic and dangerous to your organs/body when consumed. Many of the ingredients that make up this drink have been linked to various health issues including: cancer, ADHD, hyperactivity, acne, migraines, gastrointestinal issues, and much more.
Make your own
If you are jonesing for a green sweet treat, please stay away from McDonald’s and create your own shamrock shake. This recipe by The Healthy Beast is paleo and uses six ingredients: chilled coconut milk, almond milk, banana, avocado, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Check it out: here. I have not made this recipe myself, but am looking forward to experimenting with it… the photos make this version of the shamrock shake look delicious!
To see a full break down of the ingredients that make up a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, click on the photo below or click here.
Mmmm mmm mmmm. Are you still “loving it”…?! I know for sure that I am not.
Please spread the word
I feel saddened and frustrated that our food industry is so backwards and that the FDA allows this kind of junk to end up in consumers’ bellies. Yes, people have the option to buy or not buy (and eat, or not eat) foods like this, but sadly, not enough consumers are aware of the dangers that lurk in these “food-like-substances.” Large corporations like McDonald’s use tricky marketing ploys to suck people into their establishments, and it can be rather confusing to navigate all of the nutritional information that is floating around us.
I post articles like this to help others become more aware of what is on restaurant menus and on our plates. Please help me spread awareness by sharing this information with your friends, family, and anyone else who will benefit.
This St. Patrick’s Day, I say you (legal folks) are better off eating a hearty Irish dinner (choose your meal – corned beef and cabbage, colcannon, shepherd’s pie, whiskey cake, etc.), and washing it all down with few pints of smooth Guinness or a homemade shamrock shake.
What are your thoughts
I would love to hear your opinion. Have you ever tasted a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake? If so, what do you/did you think of the taste? If not, would you ever drink this shake, despite knowing that it contains 54 ingredients, many of which are chemicals harmful to your health? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks!
Happy St. Paddy’s Day from Bamboo Core Fitness!
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