A Bowl Of McDonald's Oatmeal Equals An Egg McMuffin

Not surprisingly, McDonald's new oatmeal isn't very good for you, at least according to Mark Bittman. In his New York Times op-ed "How to Make Oatmeal. . .Wrong," Bittman maintains that McDonald's new oatmeal is a nutritional disaster. Although "Fruit & Maple Oatmeal" sounds nutritious, when it's a McDonald's product, calories and sugar abound. Bittman compares a bowl of that oatmeal to an Egg McMuffin-only 10 fewer calories-and a Snickers bar: they have the same amount of sugar.

As opposed to "real" oatmeal, Bittman claims that the McDonald's version contains "11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen." Worse, it even costs more than a double-cheeseburger.

Bittman argues that there are no redeeming features in McDonald's oatmeal: it's less convenient than making it at home, and is only intended to bring more customers into each restaurant for unhealthy breakfasts.

For a healthier (and much more delicious) option, try this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. Later in the day, make these farro-stuffed peppers for a wholesome dose of grains. This farro-orange salad is another good alternative. Ultimately, there are so many great ways to give your body whole grains-avoid the nutritional wasteland of McDonald's oatmeal in favor of these better options. Click here to read Bittman's entire op-ed.