The Madness that is Shake Shack - Is it an Expensive Fast Food Burger? A Cheaper Gourmet Burger? (vs. Golden State) - Review and Pics


#102

I’m not familiar with that organization and didn’t quickly find anything vouching for them. Having had quite of medical background, I generally start with some place like the Mayo Clinic. Here’s what they have to say.


#103

The organization you have linked to is a known quack factory:

https://quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/nonrecorg.html

“Excitotoxicity” seem to be a fringe idea that that is used to sell the idea of things like MSG and aspartame as being evil, typically to sell things or create some kind of name/potential profit for certain people/organizations:

https://whatdoesthesciencesay.wordpress.com/tag/excitotoxins/

A nice overview of the science:

The FDA lists MSG as healthy for consumption:

https://www.fda.gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/foodadditivesingredients/ucm328728.htm

FiveThirtyEight has an interesting article on how the maligning of MSG may be heavily related to entrenched racism:


#104

So the Japanese should therefore have tons of brain damage complaints since they’ve been consuming MSG since 1909. Don’t tell Anijomoto!


#105

Interesting.

Lots and lots of those same ingredients are part of daily multivitamin.

Now you’ve made me reconsider my entire life being.

Centrum Silver? Or another Chik-Fil-A sandwich? Choices, choices, choices. Sigh.


#106

YES! You described what I was kinda/sorta thinking but not as well. I thought ‘niacin,’ ‘iron,’?


#107

And beta carotene, riboflavin, folic acid and calcium.

Win, win, win, win, win!!


#108

Great pieces! And I LOVE Science Friday!!! Thanks.


#109

A C-F-A just opened in Reno and I’m struggling with my ethical self. I soooo want one. Just one. Maybe I’ll have one and make a donation to a pro-LGBTQ organization. ???


#110

I didn’t either for some time… until my cousin and her wife told me that they still go. That Polynesian sauce keeps them going back for more. I still hardly ever go, but I don’t feel quite as guilty now for the occasional spicy chicken sandwich.


#111

I won’t patronize CFA because their sandwiches are terribad in comparison to shake shack.


#112

But I don’t consider “Shake Shack” “fast food.” But I’ve only eaten at the one near the Museum of Natural History in NYC. Don’t have one around here.


#113

I’m betting some of those are preservatives. I’m turning the big SEVEN OH (NO) in a few days so that’s another plus.


#114

Polynesian sauce?


#115

CFA Sauces


#116

Thanks for that link, but that article doesn’t say one thing about cumulative effects and long-term damage.


#117

Here are 3 more links to articles/cited research about the dangers of MSG:

None of them are on the Quack Watch list, and I trust Dr. Blaylock more than I trust the often-politicized FDA.


#118

I just intended to post links without the thumbnails, which to me seem like shouting/typing in all caps. I would appreciate instructions on how to do that.

TIA.


#119

We should ban tomatoes. They are clearly dangerous for us.


#120

Peddle your chemophobe view elsewhere, thanks.
http://skepdic.com/blaylock.html
https://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/mercola.html


#121

I am not a skeptic on vaccines. Thanks for the link.