Shamrock Shake More Like Wasteful Ache

Shamrock Shake More Like Wasteful Ache

Every March, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, watch one two many Basketball games – some of which are questionable – and join the shamrock shake frenzy. Shamrock shakes have been a popular trend every year, specifically at McDonald’s. The shamrock shakes were invented in 1967 by Hal Rosen (Connecticut McDonald’s owner & operator). March 2020 will be the 50th anniversary of the shamrock shake being sold at McDonald’s.

Essentially a shamrock shake entails: a green mint flavored milkshake, whip cream, and a cherry on top. This phenomenon contains 530 calories/15 g of fat for a small and 820 calories/23 g of fat for a large.

The following Instagram poll inquired whether people enjoyed the drink or not. The response was overwhelming with the majority voting that they enjoyed the shake. The taste quandary increases!

After interviewing respondents who voted “yes” meaning that they liked the taste of the shake, the following results were gleaned: many suggested that the drink’s “mint flavor” is what initially drew their liking. Shamrock shakes don’t contain much mint, rather large amounts of corn syrup, water, sugar, and although it’s stated that there is a natural plant source flavor ingredient, it’s mostly a long list of preservatives.

Consuming a shake equals eating 8 soft chocolate chip cookies, 4.3 orders of Hot Cakes, 3.6 small fries, and 1.5 hamburgers. This popular drink has low beneficiary factors to its substance so why does everyone seem to indulge in it? There are dozens of McDonald’s locations in the greater Los Angeles area and McDonald’s has added a new drink that ties in with its shamrock frenzy. The Oreo Shamrock McFlurry is essentially adding their shamrock shake syrup to an Oreo McFlurry.

After extensive research (searching google ingredients) some not-so-friendly ingredients were discovered in the Whip Cream called Carrageenan. Carrageenan has been studied by several research groups including The International Agency for Research on Cancer; they have recognized carrageenan as a possible human carcinogen. Other studies have correlated carrageenan consumption with gastrointestinal issues and inflammation of the colon, a possible trigger for colon cancer.

For the most part, the Shamrock Shake is something people should avoid when following a healthy lifestyle. It’s artificial flavors: vanilla, mint, etc, preservatives, food dyes, fats, and overall calories are all factors screaming “UNHEALTHY”! Alternatives at McDonald’s that are on the safer side include Fruit N’ Yogurt Parfait, Grilled Chicken Southwest, Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, Egg McMuffin, and an Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich.

But, the advice of this reporter is to avoid the Shamrock Shake!