Is there anything better than popping over to McDonald’s, ordering a large milkshake (when the machine’s working), and guzzling down? If you’re hungover, it’s a God send.
Well, you better get slurping because your favourite McDonald’s milkshakes could be getting banned if a new sugar reduction plan comes into effect.
As it currently stands, a large McDonalds Vanilla Milkshake contains 18tsp of sugar and 436kcals.
However, Public Health England is looking at bringing in sugar reduction targets, which includes imposing a cap on milkshakes (which are designed to be eaten in one go) to 300kcals.
A group of leading experts want to ban any milkshakes that exceed that amount. Sadly, that means your medium McDonald’s milkshake? Gone. And don’t even think about a large. We might be able to keep the small, but who knows?
Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Action on Sugar said: “These very high-calorie drinks if consumed on a daily basis, would result in children becoming obese and suffer from tooth decay – that is not acceptable.
“These high-calorie milkshakes need to be reduced immediately below the 300kcal per serving.”
Action on Sugar said: “Irresponsibly, many out-of-home companies do not publish their nutrition information online or in their outlets such as: Byron, Creams, Ed’s Diner, Frankie & Benny’s, Handmade Burger Company and TGI Fridays.
“What’s more, some of these organisations even engage in more unacceptable marketing, such as Creams, who champion the following statement on their website: ‘We want every visit to Creams to be an indulgent adventure for the senses and we see our desserts as ‘everyday celebrations’.
“Once you’ve experienced Creams desserts we reckon you’ll be looking to celebrate something – anything! – every day’.”