McDonald's Shakes Are Made of Plastic-Fiction!

McDonald’s Shakes Are Made of Plastic-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

McDonald’s doesn’t call its shakes “milk shakes” because they don’t contain any milk. A man who was said to be a scientist told the writer of the email that he evaluated the ingredients in a McDonald’s shake and found that it consisted of “sugar infused plastic.”

The Truth:
McDonald’s has had to contend with rumors about bizarre ingredients in the meat in its hamburgers, which have not been true. Now its about McDonald’s shakes. has not found any credible source for the allegation that the shake consists of “sugar infused plastic.” Some versions of this rumor say the shake consists of “emulsified plastic.” We’ve not found any credible source for that either. The only origin for those claims is the rumor that has been passed around for decades.
Older ingredient lists from McDonald’s listed their vanilla shake, for example, as being comprised of whole milk, sucrose, cream, nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids, mono and diglycerides, guar gum, imitation vanilla flavor, carrageenan, cellulose gum, vitamin A palmitate.
As of 9/19/2011, the official McDonald’s ingredient list called it a “milkshake.” It consisted of glucose syrup, water, natural flavor (vanilla extract), color (caramel, betacarotene), citric acid, potassium sorbate, and soybean oil.
We have not found any evidence of a law that demands an exact percentage of milk or fat in order to call it a “milkshake.”
updated 09/19/2011