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Chemical Invasion

on February 11, 2012

Bacon: An essential, delicious food group. Italian bacon, Canadian bacon, Bacon Bits. Smoked bacon, broiled bacon, dried bacon.

Milkshake: Another essential food group. The ideal milkshake creates the perfect balance of milk and ice cream. For added deliciousness, mix in candies or smushed up cookies.

Warning: Although these are both delicious on their own, be advised. DO NOT MIX THEM! Apparently no one told the Jack in the Box fast food chain. They have created a bacon flavored milk shake [um…gag?]

But WAIT! Never fear! This milkshake isn’t actually a milk shake! It’s mostly science! The Jack in the Box website will tell you that the milkshake is “made with real vanilla ice cream, bacon flavored syrup, whipped topping and a maraschino cherry.” However, what it doesn’t tell you is that it also contains “ sucrose, corn syrup, sodium caseinate, cellulose gum, mono-and di-glycerides, disodium phosphate, carrageenan, guar gum, sodium citrate, polysorbate 65, and dextrose, and the whipped topping is largely composed of partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil.” And all that just accounts for the milkshake part. The Bacon Syrup part has “Pure Cane Sugar, Water, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Salt, Sodium Benzoate And Potassium Sorbate.”

Yummy? Or…

I can’t pronounce most of that, let alone know what each of them do. The scary thing is that so many of our foods contain scientifically engineered foods. Besides the fact that many fresh foods come from GMO seeds (which by definition are modified by science), many processed foods have perfumes and fragrances added to them in order to achieve customer desired aroma and taste. Get this: sometimes flavors are added into food in order to disguise healthiness. For instance, if something is cooked in healthy oils, flavors can be added to it to make it taste like the less-healthy version. So getting back to the bacon milkshake. Although this is quite possibly the most disgusting fast food concoction, Jack in the Box is not the only chain to modify foods with a ridiculous amount of chemicals. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King also serve burgers and shakes that are less natural than we’d all like to think. Then again, I guess they’re just giving the people what they want: delicious tasting and smelling food.

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