Jack in the Box's Bacon Shake is Vegetarian...Not Healthy

This newest fast food frenzy froths with so many problems, it's enough to make me fully vegan. A list is in order:

  • According to Jack in the Box, it's vegetarian-- if you don't mind taking your synthetic swine taste via flavored syrup mixed with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Shouldn't a milkshake be vegetarian anyway?
  • At more than 1,000 calories for a large shake, a low-activity person could only take in an extra 500-700 calories that day to maintain a weight that wouldn't increase their odds of becoming overweight or obese.
  • Let's check out the nutritional value: 184mg of cholesterol, 461mg of sodium, and 108 grams of sugar. (Here's the truth about sugar, and this shake happens to have mounds of it.)

  • An E. coli-tainted ground beef outbreak at Jack in the Box restaurants left four children dead. Still want that shake?

  • Dairy bombs like this one also rank right up there with meat consumption with producing greenhouse gas emissions. Let alone, low-dairy and no-dairy diets are showing to improve health. Dairy has been linked to high cholesterol and some studies suggest an increased risk of some cancers from eating three or more servings a day of dairy, especially prostate cancer in men.

Beyond Bacon Shakes

I know, I couldn't have ended my bacon shake rant on more of a Debby downer note, so I leave you with this glass half creamy and full. Shakes can be healthy and delicious. If in a jam at Jack in the Box, you're better off with their regular-sized Strawberry Banana Smoothie. The calories clock in at just under 300 and the sugar is a fraction of the meat lover's edition. Better yet, make your own shake or smoothie to sate your sweet tooth, naturally. Here are three recipes to help:

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Emeril's Almond Milk Shake
Ani Phyo's Superfood Shake

Jack in the Box's Bacon Shake is Vegetarian...Not Healthy
This newest fast food frenzy froths with so many problems, it's enough to make me fully vegan.

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