Oatmeal, a healthy and all American dish that conjures up memories of fonder days when family and breakfast was a staple in every household. Unfortunately over the years this morning tradition has faded to the mad rush out the door while trying not to forget your pop-tart. No longer do we think about breakfast being the most important meal of our day but also the chance to begin with a nutritious and satiating food choice.
Our leading fast-food multinational is aiming at the target market discussed above. If you’re in a rush and have to run through the drive thru, don’t fret, McDonald’s now offers their bowl of “nutritious and healthy” oatmeal to quell your needs!
Now please be cautious when believing that this new option from McDonald’s is “nutritious and healthy”. Like other major food companies in America, McDonald’s is now abusing Grandma’s oatmeal and transforming it into an unhealthy and sugary mess.
No longer is oatmeal a 1 ingredient savior to our hunger and need for something healthy and fulfilling in the morning. McD’s has found a way to introduce 21 ingredients, with most of them being of the chemical and garbage variety. Why do we need 21 ingredients added to a food option that begins and ends with one? Oatmeal is the simplest ingredient and is very versatile in nature when looking to combine other quality food choices for flavor and nutritional needs.
The 21 ingredients in the fast food option range from some type of oat, cream, sweetened dried fruit, and other perplexing ingredients that have no business being accompanied with nature’s original breakfast food. Like most other menu options at the glocal restaurant, the nutrition and ingredients are exponentially harmful for your body. If you’d like a lesson on ruining an American tradition, look no further than the current garbage being paraded around as oatmeal. By the way, this “oatmeal” contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and 10 fewer calories than a McD’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. How’s that for a healthy start to your day?
The oat in its simplest form is a great breakfast for young and old while providing a base for creativity in food. There are many different ways to incorporate oatmeal into your breakfast and the many options are quick and convenient. I prefer to soak mine uncooked in milk with cinnamon, almonds, and blueberries which takes about 2 minutes to prepare at night before the next day. Put it in a Tupperware container in the fridge and it becomes an easy and portable breakfast when in a hurry.
As convenient as restaurants try to make their offerings we have to consider the amount of processing they are using to bring their offerings to our table. Don’t underestimate a business’s need to make the product as cheaply as possible and always remember that when cooking in our own home we have 100% control over what is incorporated into our meals and dietary consumption. Don’t sacrifice your health and wellness for cost or convenience at any time, your future self will thank you for it.
Here’s to a healthful tomorrow!—–> R’s