"Fake" oatmeal - more ills from Micky D's

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mdep1229

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 08:36
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/how-to-make-oatmeal-wrong/?hp

What are your thoughts on this?
jessyline

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 08:50
hard to believe you can make oatmeal wrong... but they did! I so don't understand how people can eat anything from McDonalds anyway...
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PeeFat

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 09:06
We all know how unhealthy McDonalds food is, yet billions of people buy that crap to put in their childrens mouths. I thought the role of a parent is to protect their children.
Feeding your children junk that can potentially harm them should be a crime. Look at the rate of child hood obesity in the USA. Unless there is a medial condition that causes a child to be overweight it is the parents fault their child is over weight. This is where my haters respond with some kind of excuse why it isn't a parents fault their children are obese. Can you tell I'm bored again. Trying to invigorate this board again with some lively conversation.
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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 09:21
LOL @peefat. I agree with you, if your child is obese, there is a pretty good chance its YOUR fault. But, if the child is obese, most of the time the parent is too. Its just a case of a parent passing on their bad habits to their kids.

As far as the oatmeal goes, i'd expect nothing more (or less, really) from McDonalds. Its not like that actually care about providing America with quick and easy healthy choices. They care about making money.
Nimm

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 09:21
Coming from a massive fast food chain, I wouldn't expect anything else. In fact, I would have been shocked if McDonald's oatmeal was even just oats + fruit + sugar.

Just another reminder why you don't need to give your money to these people in exchange for garbage.
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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 09:36
*Sigh.* So sad that someone who might think they're doing the "right" things can be led so astray.
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k8yk

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 09:37
The minute I saw the commercial for it I knew it must be full of an absurd amount of sugar (just like their iced coffee- another harmless food made evil). You'd probably be better off with an egg mcmuffin.
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sngglebnny

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 10:09
This is good to know, because I know several people who went out to try McD's oatmeal.

But,the report is comparing apples to oranges. Its unfair to compare McD's oatmeal to a homecooked one. I know a lot of people who probably make their oatmeal a whole lot less unhealthy. I would like to know how the oatmeal compares to McD's other breakfast options (hamburgers aren't breakfast).

For me, I only eat fast food when I'm traveling. I look foward to my bacon egg and cheese mcgriddle, hash browns, orange juice, water, and mocha frape. I know, I know, but I don't travel often. If I wanted to keep with my travel/fast food tradition and did not want to go so unhealthy, then I would eat the oatmeal.
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k8yk

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 10:11
@ sngglebunny, here you go. The breakfast stuff is on pages 6&7.

McDonalds Nutrition
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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 10:13
@PeeFat - your name makes me giggle everytime. It's Atkins related right?

Anyways, I think this oatmeal is probably aimed at adults more than children. I know as a child that McD's meant one thing, a cheeseburger happy meal. I would never have willingly ate something different. But as an adult, I would have gotten suckered into the oatmeal eventually if I wasn't already watching the carbs that go into my mouth.

So while we fatten our children up on McDonalds and believe we're making a healthy choice, all around we're responsible for our obese children and our obese self.
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CMR

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 10:22
k8yk wrote:
...(just like their iced coffee- another harmless food made evil)...


It's a fast-food industry-wide phenominon. Panera's iced green tea has 70 calories in it. By and large, Iced tea at chain restaurants are unsweetened (Including Panera's at the end of the line). Green tea is supposed to be better than black tea. So why sweeten the green tea and basically cancel out its benefits?

And I like Panera!! It's much healthier than most other Not-As-Fast Food.

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sngglebnny

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 10:52
@k8yk - I've always pronounced your name as "cake", is it "Katy K"?

Anyways, thank you for the nutritional information. So, it is the healthiest non-condiment breakfast option second to a plain english muffin.

LOL...now that's apples to apples. Or should I say apple pie to apple pie.
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dsylikm

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 11:00
Of all the strange things I could have feelings about, I really don't like McD's. Their "food" is nauseating. It does not surprise me in the least they would attempt to sell another item beguilingly. That just chaps my hide. If I felt it would help I would stand outside one and boycott.

Just sayin'. I hope I didn't beat around the bush here.
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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 11:03
I'm with you dsylikm, McDonalds is f##king disgusting in every imaginable way. Would not touch with ten foot pole. The last time I ate their food, over 2 years ago, I ended up puking by the side of the road within the hour. Given the choice between McDonalds and nothing, I will starve. And there aren't many foods I would say that about.

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 11:06
haha i am guilty... I have taken my daughter to MCD's a few times but she is actually not a huge fan of it thank goodness.... she would choose a carrot (it has to be a whole carrot like bunnies eat lol) over a cookie or a piece of cake any day. And as far as the oatmeal, like TheChunkyOne says, I would not expect anything more (or less) from them. Oatmeal is such a huge staple of my diet... I eat plain oatmeal with a mashed banana almost everyday! It tastes amazing... why would you want to add unnecessary sugar to something that is so great perpared simple?
Hoser

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 11:29
Want convenience and oatmeal at the same time?

Last night I spent sixty seconds filling a miniature crock pot with steel cut oats and water. I turned it on and went to bed.

This morning I turned off the crock pot when I woke up, then went about my morning routine. After about 15 minutes, I scooped the oats out into a bowl and stirred in a bit of tart cherry preserves.

Voila! Oatmeal. In fact, it's steel cut oats so it's healthier than rolled. The fruit preserves are a fairly healthy version that's made with real fruit, rather than being sugar with some fruit added. My total effort was less than five minutes.

This is my daily breakfast. It's easy, tasty, and healthy. I keep different jars of preserves around so that I have a variety of flavors. (If you're looking at my diet calendar, they all go in as a teaspoon of sugar. It's close enough, and I'm lazy.)
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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 11:41
CMR wrote:

By and large, Iced tea at chain restaurants are unsweetened (Including Panera's at the end of the line). Green tea is supposed to be better than black tea. So why sweeten the green tea and basically cancel out its benefits?


Because Panera started in the south,(their HQ is in St. Louis, according to their web site) and let me tell you, southerners love their sweet tea, health reasons be dammed! Laughing
melmi20

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 11:49
Hoser wrote:
Want convenience and oatmeal at the same time?

Last night I spent sixty seconds filling a miniature crock pot with steel cut oats and water. I turned it on and went to bed.

This morning I turned off the crock pot when I woke up, then went about my morning routine. After about 15 minutes, I scooped the oats out into a bowl and stirred in a bit of tart cherry preserves.

Voila! Oatmeal. In fact, it's steel cut oats so it's healthier than rolled. The fruit preserves are a fairly healthy version that's made with real fruit, rather than being sugar with some fruit added. My total effort was less than five minutes.

This is my daily breakfast. It's easy, tasty, and healthy. I keep different jars of preserves around so that I have a variety of flavors. (If you're looking at my diet calendar, they all go in as a teaspoon of sugar. It's close enough, and I'm lazy.)


Thanks for the tip! I need to get me a crock pot. I've been hearing too many great "walk away" recipes lately. Smile
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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 11:50
Since I watched Fast Food Nation with my 12 year old son, he has not asked for a trip to any fast food joint in 2 months!
ellyfranklin

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 11:50
In response to PeeFat's comment about overweight children:

While I completely agree that it is the parent's responsibility to provide their children with nutritious food, there are other factors to consider before you start placing blame.

I have four children. They are all healthy, but one of them is a little overweight. Since the time she was born (at 10 lbs, 2 oz) she has been heavier then the rest of them. I can't say I did anything different during pregnancy, and I serve them the same meals every day, but she has consistently been a little bigger than her siblings and peers.

So, as her mother, I must recognize that she is different and try to make accommodations for her health. But, it's extremely difficult to do this without making her self-conscious. Over the last 6-8 months I have purchased a wide variety of healthy snacks and have tried to prepare most meals at home. But, I can't say it has made much of a difference.

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