Monday, February 28, 2011

Why You Can Never Trust McDonalds

Probably the best piece of advice I can give anyone trying to lose weight is to always, always, always, check actual calorie counts in foods, and don't assume that just because something sounds healthy, it's actually good for you.

Case in point, McDonalds' new oatmeal offering. Mark Bittman has a fantastic piece about it which you can read here:

Bittman did a little exploring and here's what he found:

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. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)

Get that??? If you order this new "healthy" Micky D's offering, you're really not much better off then if you had gotten an Egg McMuffin or a cheeseburger. BTW, here's the nutritional info from the McDonald's website:

Here's the reality, you won't lose any weight or keep it off if you head into McDonalds for your food, even if you order their "healthy" offerings. McDonalds is a big corporate giant which has made boatloads of money marketing unhealthy, cheap foods.

Faced with what it sees as a rising tide of people looking for healthy options, what does McDonalds do? Rather than actually offering healthy alternatives, it offers unhealthy foods marketed as being healthy.

A corporate tiger does not change it's stripes too easily when those stripes have proven in the past to be wildly profitable. McDonalds isn't interesting in actually offering you healthy foods that will help you lose weight. McDonalds just wants to sell you cheap calories loaded with sugar and fat so that they can make money.

So if you're trying to lose weight, and keep it off, bypass McDonalds. Make your oatmeal at home, or bring it with you to microwave at the office.


  1. You know, I saw that article & the first thing that I thought of was "Why would I pay McDonald's for something I can make at home or work for less than 1/2 the price?"

    It didn't really occur to me that the calories were that high. Yet another reason to steer clear!


  2. Thank you for posting this! I knew micky D's was full of shit with their oatmeal. Unfortunately, I think about the thousands of peoople who think this is a healthy choice and are probably eating them two at a time... cause it's so healthy you know!

  3. Lisa, That's what McDonald's is hoping for, and the poor suckers probably will wonder why they're still gaining weight.

  4. That's crazy! I have an app on my phone with nutrition facts, so I will for sure have to look things up before I go to any restaurants!

  5. Wonder if they sugar spike their apple slices too. Sheesh.

  6. I totally agree that junk food is terrible for your health. However, I did an experiment where I ate nothing but KFC for a month. I lost 6lbs.

    Of course, the fact that I was 20, regularly working out, and on the wrestling team might have had something to do with that. :>