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The Oatmeal Wars - How Oatmeal is Making Fast Food Healthier

Updated on April 17, 2012

I have been into fast food restaurants for a very long time and was eating all that wonderful fast food while continuing to exercise and jog at least 5 days every week for at least 30 to 60 minutes each and every time. I loved my big macs, my whoppers, and my Dunkin Munchkins. Don't worry, I also ate the healthy stuff including apples, bananas, beans, and of course high grain foods like oatmeal. I was watching my cholesterol with blood tests every year and last time my I checked, my cholesterol was a 188. My tri glycerides were below 150. Not bad for a person who hate a lot of junk. Cholesterol also runs in my family, so I have to watch what I eat. So much for the garbage that I listed above, huh?

McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts Compete For Healthier Customers!

Now, you know that when the fast food restaurants like McDonalds or Burger King start adding healthy selections to their menus, that people are taking notice of the health crisis which is usually ridden with diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. I am sure sales of hamburgers were down somewhat, although Americans do love their burgers.

When I first saw that McDonalds was adding oatmeal to their menus, I thought it would be a cool idea. Afterall, they did lose my business when I cut down on fast food. I walked into a McDonalds for the first time in over 2 years and decided to try the oatmeal. It was really good! I requested the milk and even the brown sugar. After eating the McDonalds oatmeal almost every day, I stopped asking for the brown sugar, so now I feel confident that I can walk into a fast food restaurant and walk out with something totally healthy for me. I also get their salads and ask to cut back on the cheese and I always ask for the grilled chicken.

Now as usual, the fast food competition grows fast and Burger King added oatmeal to their menu. Then, Dunkin Donuts started offering oatmeal. After tasting the oatmeal from all three places, it pretty much tastes the same, but I least I know that I can get something healthy. I mean, Dunkin Donuts selling oatmeal? That is like Burger King marketing burgers and then selling chicken, but at least I know that the competition in the fast food industry is driving nutrition to a higher level, especially in the United States.

What are your thoughts?


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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Yucky yes, but the fast food restaurants do not agree. Otherwise, they would not offer it as a menu item.

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      Nancy Yager 6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Yucky Oatmeal - But you can make it taste better with fruit and honey.