McDonald's Makes Even Oatmeal Bad for You
Mark Bittman: It's jam-packed with sugar and 'weird ingredients'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2011 9:33 AM CST
Fruit and Maple Oatmeal from McDonald's.   (PRNewsFoto/McDonald's)

(Newser) – This is remarkable even by McDonald's standards, writes foodie Mark Bittman in the New York Times: The chain has taken oatmeal—one of the world's most simple, inexpensive, and nutritious foods—and turned it into a pricey concoction with more sugar than a Snicker's bar and about the same number of calories as a cheeseburger. McDonald's calls it a "bowl of wholesomeness," but it's really just "expensive junk food."

So why bother putting oatmeal on the menu to begin with? Easy, writes Bittman. "McDonald’s wants to get people in the store. Once a day, once a week, once a month, the more the better, of course, but routinely. And if you buy oatmeal, they’re OK with that. But they know that, once inside, you’ll probably opt for a sausage biscuit anyway . And you won’t be much worse off."

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Feb 27, 2011 2:31 PM CST
All this bitching about oatmeal? Holy moly! So, it's got a lot of sugar in it! Let me tell you my friends, sugaar will NOT kill you! It may rot your teeth and add calories to your diet, but it WON'T totally rot your system as animal fats and animal products do. Meat is deadly, because it blocks our arteries, loads us full of cholesterol and cancer causing cells, and deadly bacteria. You aren't foolish enough to believe that our government attempts to protects us from these things, do you? Not so long as there's money to me made from kissing the backsides of the corporate jerks who run the food industry. I would far rather go to McDonald's for a bowl of over sweet cereal than opt for that gross and greasy, made-from-dead-pigs, sausage sandwhich! I'm sick to death of all the bulls*t about cornsyrup! Do you know what cornsyrup is, people? It's SUGAR. Period! Just sugar. This cornsyrup fantasy was just something dreamed up by a heath-fanatic to trick us into thinking the stuff is bad for us. He or she probably works for the meat industry! One last comment. I LOATHE trolls! The first thing I saw when I check out this forum was an idiot named jerkboy who is obviously a TROLL who spends his day browsing forums to post sh*t, hoping to stir up a fight. the internet is loaded with these idiots. Most are teenagers or college people looking to gain attention and make a name for themselves. HMunster, word in your ear...who the f*ck cares if the writer of this peice doesn't use proper textbook grammar? No one put YOU in charge anyway, so buggar off! major7, you're right on. 290 calories is nothing compared to what some people take in. Hamburgers load in over 600, attery-clogging, heart-attack-causing, animal-fat calories! Add in those greasy fries, and that oversized glass of coke and you've had enough calories to last you for 24 hours...or MORE! fin1, right on! McDonald's is a business, and they have a great deal of competition to deal with with. Here they are just looking for a new product to pull in the health nuts. The sugar is probably in the cereal to get kids to eat it. The big thing here is this: If you don't like the stuff DON'T EAT IT! McDonald's isn't holding a gun to your head! Hey Twiny? Go troll somewhere else! Only someone who happened to HAVE sh*t for brains, would so easily be able to spot his or her kin! Takes one to know one...ever heard of that old expression? It's true. Feces1..Nice screenname SH*T1, feces=excriment=sh*t. Get the picture, moron? Go take your political bullsh*t to another forrum. I'm sick to death of you republican jerkoffs who take their garbage rhetoric and lies to every freaking forum on the web. We're talking about CEREAL here. CEREAL! Not liberals and conservatives, not politics. CEREAL! Get it? janbee, good thinking! You DON'T have to have sugar on your cereal. I don't. Don't use it in my coffee either. Griffmaster, you can take your politics to the same place as that other conservative troll. The internet does not belong to you political idiots, and it never will, as long as there are people like me, to call you out. Go talk your garbage in the city park, or on a political forum. We're here to talk about CEREAL. kukuaguy...good idea! I love salads. And, some of those substitute meats are pretty damn good...Boca Burger is exactly like the real thing, and so is Veggieburger. Anything is better than a dead, decomposing flesh of some slaughtered animal!
Feb 27, 2011 1:59 PM CST
Well this is no surprise.
Feb 27, 2011 10:18 AM CST
290 calories for a 9.oz breakfast is not bad. Oatmeal is one of those one course meals. One needs nearly 2,000 calories in a day, so this is not out of line at all. Have you ever had oatmeal without sugar or a sweetener of some kind like fruit or honey? This sounds like a lot of hooey.