McDonald’s Oatmeal, meet Mark Bittman

Thanks to EnviroMom for linking to the ever-lovely Mark Bittman’s column on McDonald’s oatmeal:

How To Make Oatmeal…Wrong

I love this guy. From the article:

“The aspect one cannot argue is nutrition: Incredibly, the McDonald’s product contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)

The bottom-line question is, “Why?” Why would McDonald’s, which appears every now and then to try to persuade us that it is adding “healthier” foods to its menu, take a venerable ingredient like oatmeal and turn it into expensive junk food? Why create a hideous concoction of 21 ingredients, many of them chemical and/or unnecessary? Why not try, for once, to keep it honest?”

Good questions.

(Take EnviroMom’s advice and make your own “instant” oatmeal packets.  If you work where you have access to a bowl, a spoon, and a microwave, and I guess half a cup of water, you can have a much healthier breakfast for pennies.)


Posted on February 25, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This week I actually broke out the Truvia and made oatmeal using that instead of sugar. I don’t know if Truvia counts as more processed foods, but I’ve been trying to curb sugar intake, and the first thing I thought of when I started hearing those ads was how sickeningly sweet instant oatmeal is, how utterly without body, and I admit I didn’t believe McDonald’s was healthy oatmeal even before I read this today. 🙂

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