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Happy "St. Patrick's Day"

So today, I thought since we're talking about dieting . . . and celebrating St. Patrick's day.

Seeing the reality of a little "cheat" treat might help put things in perspective on a "guilty" little pleasure.

Okay . . . so I won't mention any names . . . but there's this "guilty" little drink called the "Shamrock Shake" that's offered this time of year.

This shake has been around for about 30+ years and has advertised that it only has 4 ingredients which include . . . vanilla "reduced" fat ice cream, shamrock shake syrup, whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

So how bad can that be??? It's got "reduced" fat ice cream in it . . .

But the problem is that each one of these ingredients is involved with 10 to 15 other ingredients.

So let's break it down . . . because we tell ourselves . . . it's only a "little" shake . . . right???

Let's start with vanilla "reduced" fat ice cream. How bad can that be???

Well . . . it contains: milk, sugar, cream, nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, dextrose, sodium citrate, artificial vanilla flavor, sodium phosphate, disodium phosphate (which is derived from stone and has been shown to contain radioactive agents), cellulose gum, vitamin A palmitate and carrageenan ( a toxic filler that is often found in products such as frozen dinner, ice cream and soups and has been linked to inflammatory conditions such as leaky gut, digestive issues and cancer).

Then there was the Shamrock shake syrup that contains: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, sugar, natural flavor, xanthan gum, yellow 5, blue 1, citric acid and sodium benzoate. And guess what . . . when citric acid and sodium benzoate are combined . . . they form "benzene". And "benzene" is a known cancer-causing agent which increases the risk of "leukemia" and other cancers.

Next up . . . whipped cream and it contains: cream, nonfat milk, corn syrup, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, carrageenan, polysorbae-80 (which is derived from sugar alcohol), beta-carotene, artificial flavor, vitamin E and nitrous oxide.

And finally . . . the cherry on top . . . how bad can that be???

Well . . . it contains: cherry, water, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, malic acid, potassium sorbate, red 40, sulfur dioxide, artificial flavors, citric acid and again sodium benzoate (creating "benzene" a known carcinogen).

End result . . . that small little shake contains:

530 calories

15 grams fat (24% U.S. Daily Value)

10 grams saturated fat (49% U.S. Daily Value)

1 gram trans fat

160 milligrams sodium (7% U.S. Daily Value)

And. . .

"73" grams of sugar (almost 22 teaspoons)

And according to the American Heart Association . . . the maximum amount of added sugar we should consume in a day is:

Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)

Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

Children 2 years and older: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

Children under 2 years: NO ADDED SUGAR AT ALL!

So let's skip the holiday shake this year and just have a Happy and fun-filled St. Patrick's Day.

Tomorrow we'll talk about the part "Hormones" play in losing weight.

Because it is imperative that we have our hormones in balance to be successful in our mission.

As always, feel free to contact me here

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