Fit Friday: A 'healthy' sabotage
March 4th, 2011
02:47 PM ET

Fit Friday: A 'healthy' sabotage

Nothing is safe.

Food gurus are dissecting your faux healthy goods - oatmeal, fruit smoothies. Is nothing sacred – or healthy - anymore?

In the New York Times,  Mark Bittman ripped into the McDonald’s oatmeal. The world’s biggest fast food chain is selling oatmeal at $2.38 - pricier than a double-cheeseburger, the food critic adds.

The Mickey-D version of oatmeal, which itself is an ingredient, contains 21 ingredients and 290-calories, Bittman points out.  It also contains cream (which has seven ingredients) and brown sugar (added automatically unless customer requests otherwise).

“Why create a hideous concoction of 21 ingredients, many of them chemical and/or unnecessary? Why not try, for once, to keep it honest?” he asked.

It prompted a run-down of all the various fast food oatmeal products on the Huffington Post.

It's not just oatmeal catching the ire of healthy food watchers. Mother Jones called the fruit smoothie another healthy food “that fast-food chains have desecrated.”

A medium Jamba Juice smoothie packs 400 calories.  But people aren’t replacing their meals with smoothies – they slurp them as snacks on top of their regular meals. Those calories add up quickly.

Here are more healthy pretenders:

30 "Healthy" Foods That Aren't

12 fake foods to avoid (and what to eat instead)

11 notorious health food impostors

What are some of the most surprising foods masquerading as healthy?

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Tammy

    Store bought granola or granola bars.. A definite masquerade for a suppose to be healthy food!

    March 4, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jaydoggy

    Y anyone on earth would walk into a McDonalds or any other fast food joint for that matter, and think there will be a natural, low calorie, healthy option is beyond me. Fat and sugar r cheap and as a result these fast food joints pump out high fat or highly sweetend "food". Buy an Apple instead.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Larry051967

    the agrarian society marked the end of good nutrition and the introduction of the food industry. The hunter-gatherer lived to old age without evidence of the disease we now accept as part of our lives. His live span was shortened for other obvious reasons and that obscured the fact that he lived a healthier life when it came to nutrition and disease. Today people are experiencing a turnaround in health with this more basic diet, meat, fish, poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables. The basic idea is that if it's not food, don't eat it.

    March 5, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kmcg

      Well, life expectancy is calculated by taking an average.... so when you have a high number of deaths under the age of 5, it brings life expectancy down a lot. Also if there are less remedies for major injuries.

      However for most adult hunter-gatherers who lived past age 5, life expectancy is similar to todays.

      March 5, 2011 at 19:56 | Report abuse |
  4. Chad

    Here are the ingredients of Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal made from 100% Whole Grains (from http://www.starbucks.com/menu/food/hot-breakfast/starbucks-perfect-oatmeal?foodZone=9999):

    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.

    March 5, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. kmcg

    $2.38 for all that junk? My generic brand oatmeal makes 30 servings and cost me only $2.55!!! Think if I was buying even more than 30 servings in bulk! How is that reasonable?

    March 5, 2011 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply

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