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What's In a Shamrock Shake?

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McDonald's announced yesterday that—for the first time in its history—their annual Shamrock Shake will be available nationwide. Other than meaning that its cult-like following no longer has to track which of the locations offers the green concoction, this also means we're all suddenly faced with yet another easily-accessible temptation! (Not that you should be frequenting fast food restaurants...)

Let's break down what you're in for if you consume the seasonal shake:

For a 16 oz. Shamrock Shake...

  • 550 calories
  • 16 grams of fat (8 of which are saturated, and 1 that's trans fat)
  • 96 grams of carbohydrates
  • 72 grams of sugar
  • 13 grams of protein (from the milk)
  • 190 mg of sodium
  • 3 oz. of leprechaun blood
  • And then these ingredients for the special Shamrock Shake syrup: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, sugar, natural plant flavoring (plant source), xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), yellow 5, blue 1.

Our recommendation: Make a low-calorie vanilla shake at home by using low-fat ice cream and skim milk, add a dash of peppermint extract, and then a couple drops of green food coloring.

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