07 January 2011

McDonald's offers oatmeal as 'balanced breakfast solution'

Gee first birds fall out of the sky, then dead fish wash up on a river bank in Arkansas, then McDonalds decides to offer healthy food for breakfast. We’re doomed!

In what is possibly another sign of the apocalypse, McDonalds has added oatmeal as an option to its breakfast menu nationwide. Yes, oatmeal, a heart healthy, cholesterol lowering food. Why, it’s not only the opposite of all the other food they serve, it’s the antidote to the rest of their menu offerings. (Though, who knows how much oatmeal you would have to consume to counteract the damage of eating a couple of Big Macs.)

McDonalds claims they are offering the new “100% Natural” Fruit and Maple Oatmeal item as a “portable, affordable and balanced breakfast solution to help customers start their day right," and not as some kind of shady deal they made with the king of the underworld to protect them from the current state of apocalyptic affairs.

Just to be sure, I went to their website to investigate the ingredients of this so-called oatmeal further. Oatmeal, check, raisins, check, sulfur dioxide - sodium phosphate - datem - sodium stearoyl lactylate - sodium citrate - carrageenan – huh? Those preservatives don’t sound very natural. What’s more, the “healthy” new offering has 290 calories and a whopping 32 grams of sugar.

That’s right McDonalds has Mcscrewed up oatmeal. Phew, then maybe all is right with the world after all.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw | email
Robin lives in New York City where she loves to check out all the vegan eateries. When she's not writing for TDIV, Robin enjoys taking dance lessons, reading, practicing yoga, hanging out with her cat Maggie, baking vegan treats, and volunteering at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Feel free to add Robin as a friend on Facebook.

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  1. I knew there had to be a catch to this "healthy oatmeal."

  2. The preservatives you list are not in the oatmeal, they are in the cream, how else do you expect your cream to be served? If it did not have those preservative you would be very sick eating it.

    And half of the sugar content is in the cranberry raisin blend, which anyone should know that dried fruits are very high in sugar content. Simple, just opt out of the cranberry raisins and add more apples, and you can cut the sugar from 32 grams to 16-18 grams.

  3. GirlinGeorgia1/7/11, 5:25 PM

    Sarah, the problem is that McDonald's is selling this as "natural" and "healthy", when it is not. Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast option, but not when you add the cream preservatives. A salad is healthy, but if you drench it in ranch it loses its meaning.

    You can't ask for McDonald's to leave things off of their food options, they are pre-packaged and LOADED with preservatives, "which anyone should know." Therefore, McDonald's cannot truthfully say that their food is natural.

  4. Sarah it's so sad that people like you have been duped into believing real whole food can be substituted with pre-packaged junk. A real restaurant that serves true healthful food would use freshly cut apples, fresh raisins and prepare the oatmeal without cream. No preservatives or chemicals you cannot pronounce.

    P.S. if you can't pronounce the name of the chemicals that should give you a clue that it's not natural. An apple is just an apple.

  5. I tried the Oatmeal today. It was too thin and too sweet. When I have oatmeal at a restaurant, they serve the brown sugar, raisins and milk as side dishes. And $1.99 is too much for a small container which wasn't nearly full.