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Porridge is healthy, right? Not if you buy it at McDonald’s

The fast-food restaurant’s newest ‘healthy’ option contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and the same amount of calories as a cheeseburger.

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THE LATEST ‘HEALTHY’ offering by McDonald’s – porridge – contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and the same amount of calories as a cheeseburger.

The so-called “bowl full of wholesome”, which is currently sold in the US, is porridge with 21 ingredients automatically added – including cream (which itself has seven ingredients, just two of which are dairy), brown sugar, diced apples, dried cranberries and raisins. As well as thickeners, colours, stabilisers and preservatives, the porridge oats themselves even have an added ingredient – something intriguingly named “natural flavour”.

Poll Results:

">The New York Times. To put it in context, a cup of Fruit & Maple Oatmeal has about 32 grams - or eight teaspoons - of sugar. (2)

However, Julia Braun, a registered dietitian for McDonald’s USA, told ABC News that the calorie count was not outrageous: “About half (of the sugar) comes from natural sources,” she said of McDonald’s oatmeal. “That’s providing a half a cup of fruit, or a quarter of your day’s fruit.”

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