Oatmeal…Starbuck’s vs. McDonald’s

I love Mark Bittman’s columns…he really gets his point across and makes the case for fixing your own food at home in a easy and healthy way.

Inspired by Mark’s recent column in the New York Times, I am including the nutritional information of oatmeal from Starbucks and McDonald’s along with the links to their respective websites. I will leave the comparison to you, the reader, as I was not able to capture the PDF file of McDonald’s Oatmeal. The list of ingredients speak for themselves.

For those of you who find McDonald’s more convenient remember they will customize your order for you which may be a healthier alternative.

Personally, I am not a big fan of oatmeal even though it is so easy and inexpensive to make. It is also an easy way to follow a Vegan before Six (VB6) diet, which I try to do.

There’s a feeling of inevitability in writing about McDonald’s latest offering, their “bowl full of wholesome” — also known as oatmeal. The leading fast-food multinational, with sales over $16.5 billion a year (just under the GDP of Afghanistan), represents a great deal of what is wrong with American food today. From a marketing perspective, they can do almost nothing wrong; from a nutritional perspective, they can do almost nothing right, as the oatmeal fiasco demonstrates.

via How to Make Oatmeal . . . Wrong – NYTimes.com.”

Starbuck’s Oatmeal: 

Optional topping of mixed nuts.

Starbucks® Perfect Oatmeal with Nut Medley

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (15 g)
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber <1g 4%
Sugars <1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


whole-grain rolled oats (with oat bran), oat flour, calcium carbonate, salt, guar gum, caramel color, reduced iron, vitamin a palmitate, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid.

via Starbucks® Perfect Oatmeal | Starbucks Coffee Company.


McDonald’s Oatmeal:


Whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, food starch-modified, salt, natural flavor (plant source), barley malt extract, caramel color.Diced Apples
Apples, calcium ascorbate (a blend of calcium and vitamin C to maintain freshness and color).

Cranberry Raisin Blend

Dried sweetened cranberries (sugar, cranberries), California raisins, golden raisins, sunflower oil, sulfur dioxide (preservative).

Light Cream

Milk, cream, sodium phosphate, datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium citrate, carrageenan.CONTAINS: MILK.

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