In the article I referenced in my recent post about McDonald’s oatmeal it mentions my favorite brand and flavor of oatmeal – Quaker Peaches & Cream. It dared accuse my beloved eat-at-my-desk-because-I-didn’t-get-up-early-enough-for-breakfast food of not using real peaches. Desperate to prove this crazy person wrong I looked at the ingredients list the next time I went to the grocery store. And what do you think I found?
Well I’ll tell you what I DIDN’T find… peaches! That’s right! No peaches! In it’s place were words like “artificial flavor”, “flavored and colored fruit pieces”, and “sodium sulfite.” Don’t believe me? I scanned my last box of oatmeal to prove it:
Oh Quaker! How could you do this to me? Ok, well at least you used dehydrated apples… that was at least healthy at one point. And please tell me, what is the point of the “creaming agent” which is actually—well, Mark Bittman said it best: “weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.”? You have betrayed me, Quaker. But I won’t give up on you quite yet!
I’ve decided to give ACTUAL oats a try. The only ingredients in Quaker Oats Quick-1 Minute oatmeal are 100% Natural Whole Grain Quaker Rolled Oats. I also purchased some canned peaches (in pineapple juice, not heavy syrup) and dried cranberries to put on top. If I need more sweetness, I’ll add honey. We’ll see how this goes, but I’m pretty sure my insides will thank me, even if my tongue doesn’t.