I was reading a story about McDonald's new Oatmeal with fruit. I have not tried it, and probably won't know that I know. As its price tag is more than McDonald's own double-cheeseburger and ten times as expensive as real oatmeal, the $2.38 per serving new is being pushed on us as a healthy alternative.
“Incredibly, the McDonald's product contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald's cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin,” New York Times food writer and author Mark Bittman says. “(Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald's hamburger.)”
It's amazing how good things look on television (when was the last time you saw anything STEAM at McDonald's – unless it was coffee you were going to dump in your crotch). There are so many things that manufacturers do to trick us into thinking things are healthy when they are not. Get in the habit of checking labels, and in the case of McDonald's and all the other fast food chains, and other Retaurants, be sure to go online and check out their nutrition before you go to eat there. If you find out that there is no nutritional information on their site (yeah I'm talking to you Olive Garden) it's probably not a good thing.
I actually have been eating Quaker Instant Oatmeal (brown sugar and cinamon) at work. I got a big box and it comes down to about 30 cents a serving, and it cooks in 90 seconds. I realize that this is still not the healthiest choice (real oatmeal is better), this is still better than the chips and M&Ms that I was eating at work. I brought a microwave bowl from home, I make it at my job's cafeteria, and clean the bowl in the bathroom.