The anatomy of a milkshake
Warning to all milkshake lovers: This story may very well put an end to your love affair with the frothy treat.
Milkshakes may seem relatively harmless, after all, they are MILK shakes and milk is healthy, so how bad can this delicious, cold, creamy treat really be for you? Well, we did some research and found out some rather disturbing, cold-hard facts.
The large A&W Root Beer Milkshake has taken on Hall of Fame status in the Fatabase of nutritional information due to sky-high levels of sugar (252 grams), carbs (278 grams), salt (1,200 milligrams) and calories (1,720).
Meanwhile, a large Wendy’s Chocolate Fudge Frosty Shake has only 78 grams of sugar, 96 grams of carbs, 210 mg of salt and 530 calories.
So why does the A&W shake come in at such high levels? Possibly because it’s nearly a litre in size: 961 grams compared with Wendy’s 451.
Still, we decided to take a look at what goes into an A&W shake — and were surprised to find “milk” wasn’t one of the listed ingredients. Here’s the breakdown, in order of volume:
— Source information: aw.ca, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Canada Food Inspection Agency, Drugs.com, kidshealth.org, foodstandards.gov.au, How Stuff Works.
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