A Cold Stone Milkshake Is Stone ColdMay 28, 2010
Men’s Health magazine, a publication full of images of men with unfeasible six packs, is possibly the only magazine to send men into the dark cave of physical self-hatred that women have been living in for millennia. The magazine is in the news because they have a list of the 20 unhealthiest drinks in America. It’s thanks to them, that we now know of the drink that topped this unholy list. It’s called The Cold Stone PB&C, a milkshake made up of peanut butter, chocolate ice cream and milk. One single carton contains a heart stopping 2,010 calories, beating the total daily intake for women and just falling short of the intake for men. That’s the equivalent of 68 rashers of bacon, 30 chocolate chip cookies, 3 roast beef dinners with veg, or 5 portions of shepherd’s pie. Mmmm… yummy.
I had a look at their website and as an ice cream lover I was salivating. I know I’d be there in a heartbeat and it would be my last heartbeat soon after. If I wanted to go down the healthy route I could go for their healthy indulgence section, where the products look the same, but have a lot less fat and sugar.
I suppose the intention of the list was to show the horror of bad food to their target audience. Dear editorial team of Men’s Health magazine, you don’t know the real horror of bad food because you haven’t yet read the This Is Why You’re Fat book. They used to have a website, but it seems to have disappeared, which is a real shame. My favourite from that site/book, and I say this advisedly, is still the meat ship. It looks as bad as it sounds, believe me. If by publishing this list, they have ignited the curiosity of people like me to find the website, then hanker after the produce instead of being repelled by it, then I would say they’ve failed in spectacular fashion.
I know you have some bad food examples, so don’t be shy. Tell me about them. The bucket, like a faithful friend, is waiting by my side.