To kick off National Nutrition Month, I will start by explaining the downfalls of McDonald’s processed, sugary oatmeal.
When I think of oatmeal I think of a heart healthy, delicious, filling breakfast. I also think of food bloggers and their oats, and Starbuck’s now offering oatmeal. But, never before did I think I would associate McDonald’s with oatmeal. I got a coupon for a free oatmeal in the mail the other day, and it got me thinking…
If you order a regular fruit and maple oatmeal at McDonald’s here is what you are getting:
290 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated, 57 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 32 g sugar
Ingredients: Whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, food starch-modified, salt, natural flavor (plant source), barley malt extract, caramel color; Apples, calcium ascorbate; Dried sweetened cranberries (sugar, cranberries), California raisins, golden raisins, sunflower oil, sulfur dioxide (preservative); Milk, cream, sodium phosphate, datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium citrate, carrageenan.
Have you ever seen an ingredient list for oatmeal that long?
The main problem I have with this is that there is too much sugar (32 grams!), and this is an unnatural version of oatmeal. None of these ingredients have been clearly shown to cause any harm to health, but c’mon, all these things combined can’t be good for you.
The best option would be to make your own oatmeal at home. Then, you can have natural, simple ingredients to mix into your oats, or eat it however you like!
To read on more, Mark Bittman’s NY Times article is a good read. There are other people out there who are saying this oatmeal is a great healthy choice on the McDonald’s menu, but I can’t seem to agree because of all the sugar and unnatural ingredients. What do you think?