I’m pretty sure that we can all agree on the fact that if you’re wanting to lose weight, a steady diet of cheeseburgers, french fries and milkshakes isn’t going to cut it.  If we can’t agree on that…I don’t think we can see each other anymore.  No baby, don’t make it harder than it is.  It’s not me…it’s you.

Nope, this isn't healthy...even if you put lettuce on it.

But the nice thing is that fast food companies give you healthy options so you can still eat their food but feel good about what you’re eating right?  Right? Right? Who’s with me?

Take McDonald’s for example.  Not too long ago they came out with a new product-Fruit and Maple Oatmeal.

Sounds great doesn’t it?  Fruit?  Good.  Oatmeal? Good.  The commercial even says that it’s good for you, so why even think about it?  Go get some now!  In fact it’s so good for you buy two, because you can’t have too much of a good thing!  At least that’s what McDonald’s would have you believe.

I went to McDonald’s website to do a little deeper exploration.  At first glance, things don’t look to bad.  The ingredients are listed as “Oatmeal, Diced Apples, Cranberry Raisin blend, Light Cream.”  Four ingredients.  Not bad.  Until you scroll down a little further and see that most of those “ingredients” have a separate list of ingredients.  For example, oatmeal has seven ingredients.  One of which is brown sugar.  (How is this not listed as it’s own ingredient?)  The light cream also has seven ingredients, five of which I can hardly pronounce.  In total, what McDonald’s has presented as a 4 ingredient food actually has 21 ingredients.  But I’m sure this wasn’t an act of deceiving the consumer into thinking they were eating something healthy.  I bet McDonald’s just didn’t want you to be confused by all those big pesky words.  Thanks guys!

Aside from the misleading list of ingredients, there’s the sugar content.  Which would you think has less sugar-a package of two Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups or McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal?  If you said the oatmeal you’re wrong.  Reece’s PB Cups hold 21 grams of sugar.  The oatmeal has 32.  Scary huh?

It is a sad thing when you can take foods like oatmeal and fruit and somehow turn it into junk food.

This isn’t to say that there aren’t worse choices at McDonald’s.  Sure if you’re going to eat there, the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is going to be better than two Big Mac’s and an Apple Pie, but don’t kid yourself into thinking that it’s a viable option for something nutritional.

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