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McDonald’s New Cold Brew Has The Same Ingredient Used In Fertilizers And Apparently People Love It.

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I saw a headline today about McDonald’s new cold brew drinks and how people are loving them. As a coffee drinker myself, especially of the cold brew variety, I clicked on the story to find out what all the buzz was about.

The first thing that stood out to me was that the drinks are nowhere near your typical cold brew coffee. Both drinks are ice blended and the coffee part is a cold brew coffee extract. There’s the cold brew frozen coffee and the cold brew frappe which is the same as the frozen coffee, but topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. Then I saw the rest of the ingredients in the drink.

Ice, Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Cold Brew Coffee Extract (Water + Cold Brew Coffee), Water, Caramel Color, Dipotassium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Tripotassium Citrate, Disodium Phosphate, and Carrageenan

Dipotassium Phosphate is often used as a fertilizer also, in the case of these new cold brew concoctions, as a food additive. The FDA recognizes dipotassium phosphate as generally safe. Ok, that doesn’t make me feel very assured at all. Also, included is Tripotassium Citrate which can be used to treat urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and the sweet tooth’s of Americans I guess.

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Even though I knew what terrible ingredients were in this drink I was curious how this drink tasted and what the fuss was about, so in the spirit of research, I went out and bought one. I got a medium for $3.29 after tax. I only had one sip, but that’s all I needed and could even tolerate. I would describe the taste as frozen sugar with hint of coffee/mocha. The aftertaste was a very bad artificial taste. That was probably the Dipotassium Phosphate or maybe the Guar Gum that was lingering around in my mouth, mmm yum. Oh yeah, not to mention, the last ingredient Carrageenan has been linked with stomach problems, inflammation, and even cancer. I know that a lot of food manufacturers stopped adding in Carrageenan to their products, but apparently McDonalds still thinks we should give it a chance.

I know how much people love their sugary drinks, but I was still very surprised that people are raving about this latest sugary, food additive, sad excuse for coffee concoction. This drink is an embarrassment to the words “cold brew”. One thing that’s for sure, the popularity of this drink is not a good sign for the future of America’s health.

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