Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The 'worst drink in America'
The 'worst drink in America': 2,000-calorie milkshake has as much saturated fat as 25 rashers of bacon
28th May 2010
A 2,000-calorie milkshake that contains as much fat as 25 rashers of bacon has been named as the worst drink in America.
Just one serving equals the recommended daily calorie intake for women and falls just short of the total for men.
Made with chocolate ice cream, milk and peanut butter, the shake packs a whopping 131 grams of fat – 68g of which is saturated – and 153g of sugar.
Called the Cold Stone PB & C, the drink left Jamie Oliver speechless.
The TV chef, who recently waged war on obesity in a U. S. version of his Food Revolution show, spotted a magazine article about the gut-busting beverage and tweeted: ‘There are no words.’
It beat McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Milkshake – at 1,160 calories, the equivalent of 13 McDonald’s apple pies – to top the list of the Men’s Health magazine’s 20 Worst Drinks in America.
‘Health experts recommend capping your saturated fat intake at about 20g per day, yet this beverage packs more than three times that into a cup,’ the magazine said.
Other fattening drinks on the list include the worst smoothie, at number two, which boasts 1,498 calories with 44g of fat and 214g of sugar.
The Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with whipped cream, with 520 calories, 16g of fat and 75g of sugar makes it on to the list as the worst hot chocolate.
Josh Fein, who runs the Marina Del Rey ice cream eatery, says the health conscious locals are not that keen on the PB&C shake.
But this information didn’t bother tourists in Marina Del Rey, California, as they sampled a supersized – Gotta Have It – size of the PB & C ice cream milkshake.
Christopher Fields, from Hammond, Indiana, said: ‘It’s delicious. I would definitely have it again.’
When told the milkshake was nearly the equivalent of the recommended daily calorie intake for men, the chubby 45-year-old said: ‘I don’t care.’
Patting his stomach, he declared: ‘I’d probably have it once a week.’
Anna Simard from Vancouver was a bit more sceptical.
The 40-year- old, who was holidaying with husband Dennis and their two children Ava, eight, and Declan, 10, said: ‘It’s great.
'The kids would love it. But I wouldn’t have it that much because of the calorie intake.
'I don’t mind the kids having it, though, because they don’t have to worry as much about their calories.’
Husband Dennis, also 40, liked it but said: ‘I’d maybe have it if it had some rum in it.’
Ava wasn’t that excited but Declan said: ‘I love chocolate and peanut butter. This is great.’
Emily Japy, a 20-year- old from Paris, said: ‘I’d definitely have it again. I’m here for two months and I’d probably have it two or three times a month.’
Josh Fein, who runs the ice cream shop at the beach resort near Los Angeles, says health-conscious locals are not keen on the shake.
He said: ‘We probably only sell about eight to ten of those a week and mostly to tourists.’
In Britain, a large McDonald’s strawberry milkshake contains 582 calories and Caffe Nero’s Strawberry Frappe provides 475 calories per serving.