As a rule, I try to stay away from fast food restaurants. Menu choices tend to be processed and high in fat, sugar, and sodium. As much as I'd love for fast food to go away, it's easy, convenient, and inexpensive — it's also addictive. As obesity rates continue to grow, and movies like Super Size Me expose the dark side of America's diet choices, fast food restaurants are giving themselves a makeover by offering healthy menu options like like salads, grilled chicken, and yogurt. While it's a nice first move, the food is often laden with sugar and salt and overly processed. And as a friend of mine can attest to, even when she goes to McDonald's with the intention to eat healthy, she always walks out with a large fry.
Keeping in line with the healthy makeover, McDonald's has a new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. The dish is made with whole-grain oats, light cream, brown sugar, red and green apples, dried cranberries, and two types of raisins. Each bowl is made to order, which means you have some control in its nutritional content. But YumSugar points out that it's made with things like modified corn starch, doesn't contain real maple syrup, and the apples are tasteless. And while the oatmeal is a much better breakfast option than the McGriddle, I'd rather make my own healthy oatmeal at home — how about you?