If you’ve ever wondered what gives the shake its famous green color, the secret is in the syrup. The Shamrock Shake syrup contains yellow 5 and blue 1, both of which have been linked to behavioral problems and hyperactivity in children. Blue 1 is also poorly absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, and yellow 5 can be linked to cancer. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban the additives since 2008, and they have already been phased out in the United Kingdom. The syrup also contains — surprise — high fructose corn syrup.
And take a closer look, there is no mention of mint in the emerald colored drinks. But there is Carrageenan which is widely added to ice creams and yogurts. Carrageenan is linked to inflammatory illnesses. Chronic inflammation is the root of many diseases including Parkinsons, heart disease, Alzheimers, and cancers.
Just take a look at the lengthy ingredient list.
VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM
SHAMROCK SHAKE SYRUP
GREEN SUGAR CRYSTALS
That's A LOT of ingredients!!
When this post was originally written in 2014 the serving count looked like this: Notice the changes in the medium in March of 2017.
Original - Medium - A 16 ounce serving is 550 calories. 13 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, no fiber, 82 grams of sugar and 13 grams of protein.
Update March 2017 - from McDonalds website - This is a small
This is a medium
Instead, try this easy recipe which has pineapple, banana and kale.
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups stemmed and chopped kale or spinach
1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple (about 1/4 medium pineapple)
1 ripe banana, chopped
Combine the coconut milk, ½ cup water, the kale, pineapple, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding more water to reach the desired consistency.
Sat Fat 11g
Do you have a recipe for a healthy "green" shake? How about a "mint" shake?