Fast Food Oatmeal…

With McDonald’s coming out with their new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal it really got me thinking if oatmeal from McDonald’s could actually be a healthy breakfast option. I have never been a big fan of oatmeal…not only do I not like the taste but the texture also turns me away from it. Oatmeal made at home can be a very healthy option for breakfast because of its oats and whole grains, two essentials of a healthy diet that most Americans don’t eat often enough, but can it still be healthy from a fast food chain? After doing some research I found the nutritional facts from four different restaurants oatmeal, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Au Bon, and Jamba Juice. For comparison I took the nutrition facts of making one cup of plain oatmeal in water at home, that would deliver about 166 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 9 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, and 6 g protein. When compared to McDonald’s oatmeal, 9.2 ounces will give you 290 calories, 4.5 g of fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 160 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, and 5 g protein. Starbucks oatmeal contained 140 calories, 2.5 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 105 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, and 5 g protein in 8 ounces. The oatmeal Au Bon offers contains 170 calories, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 5 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, and 6 g protein in 8 ounces. The final oatmeal serving from Jamba Juice is 12 ounces of oatmeal with 220 calories, 3.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 20 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, and 8 g protein. In my opinion, after doing the research, the healthiest way to go is to make your own oatmeal at home…although most of us have very busy lives and don’t always have time to eat at home some fast food places do offers some pretty healthy oatmeal. Au Bon was found to be the healthiest of the four even though the others were not extremely far behind. When comparing McDonald’s oatmeal to their famous Egg McMuffin you may think their oatmeal may not be as healthy as advertised because of the 290 calories in the oatmeal and 300 in the Egg McMuffin…that’s only 10 more! But at a closer look, the oatmeal has half the fat, it gives you more fiber and has 660 mg less sodium. Therefore, fast food oatmeal may not be the healthiest choice you can make, but when you have no time for anything but fast food, the oatmeal is going to be your healthiest option from any place that offers it!

 

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