January 20th, 2011

McDonald’s Forgot to Put Maple in Their Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

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McDonalds kicked off the New Year with a new addition to their breakfast menu-Fruit and Maple Oatmeal.  There are a few problems with McDonald’s new offering-one big one: their Fruit and Maple Oatmeal doesn’t contain any actual maple.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is claiming that this new product doesn’t contain any pure maple, which is in violation Vermont’s stringent maple law.  They are saying the oatmeal contains natural maple flavor, which is an artificial flavor and not pure maple. If this is found to be true it could mean that McDonald’s will have to change the ingredients or labeling.

In a written statement, McDonald’s says they are “currently in discussions with the State of Vermont to ensure that we meet any applicable state standards.”

More problems with the  oatmeal.

Turns out it’s not so nutritious. The ingredient list is long-much longer than the oatmeal you would make at home. My rule of thumb:  if the ingredient list is long and many of the ingredients are unrecognizable-it can’t be good for you and don’t eat it. The oatmeal has refined sugar added in a few places-brown sugar and dried sweetened cranberries (sugar, cranberries).  There are also a number of preservatives that have been added-sulfur dioxide and calcium ascorbate.

The light cream that comes with the oatmeal is also far from healthy; containing milk, cream, sodium phosphate, datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium citrate, carrageenan. Again the ingredient list was long and I had to look up quite a few.

McDonald’s oatmeal has 290 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.

A single serving of 365 Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats with skim milk is 190 calories with 2.5 grams of fat.

BOTTOM LINE

I haven’t tried McDonald’s oatmeal and I probably never will.  I will  give Mickey D’s a small amount of credit for trying to provide a healthy breakfast option.  For now I think I’ll stick with  my homemade oatmeal with four simple ingredients: organic rolled oats, water, rice milk and raisins.

Have you tried McDonald’s new oatmeal?  Any thoughts?

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8 Responses to “McDonald’s Forgot to Put Maple in Their Fruit and Maple Oatmeal”

  1. Hi Lori,

    I am not surprised! But I am sad for all those who will think this “oatmeal” is healthy, when it’s just a poisonous mix of chemicals. I haven’t been to a McDonald’s for years and don’t plan on visiting one soon or possibly ever!

    As always, thanks for your keen outlook for tricksters in disguise.

  2. I’m right there with you Sandra. McDonald’s is not on my list of places to visit. Their oatmeal is far from pure and healthy, but next to their other offerings it is probably on the “healthier” side of the spectrum. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I was just reading about a ‘blueberry pomegranate’ cereal that contained neither blueberries nor pomegranates. If that doesn’t break your trust in the industrialized food system…well, it should. I guess the oatmeal is a better option than a hashbrown or breakfast sandwich, but I hope no one would ever fall for thinking anything at McDonald’s to be healthful or whole.

  4. Hi Jennifer! It really is unbelievable that food companies can get away with misleading their consumers on such a blatant level. Blueberry pomegranate cereal without either-really?? My trust in the industrialized food system is long gone, but this takes the cake! McDonald’s is the epitome of unhealthy and I can’t imagine they will ever dig themselves out of that hole-with or without oatmeal! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. I have NOT tried the new oatmeal. In fact, I’m not sure if it’s available in Canada. But it doesn’t really matter either way, because I can’t see eating it. If I’m going to McDonald’s for oatmeal, I’d have my kids in tow, and whatever THEY ate would probably be even less healthy.

    I try to avoid McDonald’s as much as possible, honestly, and so I’m not really concerned about what’s on their menu.

  6. I ordinarily don’t eat at a McDonalds..
    But yesterday on my way to work after an early morning appointment..I did stop in.

    I had seen the ads for the oatmeal.. So I ordered some… and a sandwich.. with some coffee…
    Which brought my bill to over five bucks..

    I wasn’t expecting anything great.. but I was surprised. It tastes pretty darn good.

    I have no idea what’s in the chemical sounding names.. but I am here to say I’d buy it again…
    Not every day, but worthy of the tastebuds of me.. and the woman working at McDs’ said her little daughter who will eat nothing.. really liked it.

    If you are there, of course, not by your own choice, give it a try.. it’s probably the best thing for you there.

  7. Hi Amber. That is such a good point-stop in for oatmeal with your kids and who knows what they would want off the menu. Nothing healthy! We don’t do McDonald’s either. Just concerned that they were marketing something as healthy that really isn’t.

  8. Hi Anne. Nice to hear from someone who has tried the oatmeal. It is certainly one of the healthier items on their menu. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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