McDonald’s Advertisement – Add balance to your morning

Ba-da-ba-ba-ba, I’m lovin’ it. *cringes* This short ditty by McDonald’s is annoyingly catchy. I sing right along with it when it comes on. You got me, McDonald’s! Ok?

Slowly, but surely, McDonald’s is offering seemingly “healthy” breakfast choices. First, came the Fruit and Nut Oatmeal. And now, for a limited time only, you can get their Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal. Sounds good? Sure. Apparently, this oatmeal is one of several breakfast choices offered at McDonald’s below 300 calories.It”s just one part of McDonald’s effort (initiated in 2011) to offer improved nutritional choices (read press release here).

With 21 grams of sugar per serving, though, it may not be as healthy as you think.

Matter of fact, my quick research suggests that 21 grams of sugar is way too much for one meal! Instead, experts, bloggers, etc., recommend buying plain oatmeal and sweetening it yourself by adding fruit.

This ad, which I found in the June 2012 issue of Essence magazine, suggests that by eating the Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal, you can “add balance to your morning”. Here’s the copy from the ad: “Start your day with all the goodness of fresh, juicy blueberries on top of two servings of whole grain oats, with crunchy premium walnuts, and a tasty hint of real bananas. New Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal. Just one of the many breakfast choices under 300 calories each. The simple joy of tasty goodness”.

I will give McDonald’s credit for the graphic design in this ad. At first glance, I didn’t even notice that was a blueberry she was posing on! I thought it was a medicine ball. I don’t know what yoga pose this is, but it looks painful. #imjustsaying. And best of all, the model has natural hair!

What do you eat for breakfast? When was the last time you checked the amount of sugar you eat in prepared food?


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