What's In Your Strawberry Milkshake?

In most fast food restaurant chains, there are two ingredients that are notably absent from the making of a strawberry milkshake: 

Milk and Strawberries.

During the past two decades, the flavor industry's role in food production has become so influential, many children now like man-made flavors more than the real thing.

The average fast food shake now has 59 ingredients, most of which are unpronounceable and found in the "artificial strawberry flavoring."

That milkshake probably has the following:

"milkfat and nonfat milk, sugar, sweet whey, high-fructose corn syrup, guar gum, monoglycerides and diglycerides, cellulose gum, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, citric acid, E129 and artificial strawberry flavor."

That flavoring list also contains:

"amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphrenyl- 2-butanone (10% solution in alcohol), ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, undecalactone, vanillin and solvent."


So the next time you're eating at your favorite fast food restaurant, ask yourself, "Is this real food, or flavorings and chemicals?"
Paul Eilers is an Independent Member of The AIM Companies™