Although McDonald's oatmeal is supposed to be natural, it is not gluten free. There is a growing controversy that oatmeal contains gluten anyways, but what McDonald's adds to their oatmeal will definitely make any person, educated or not, realize that it is not at all gluten free.
Note: All info is taken from McDonald's Nutrition Page.
- Whole grain rolled oats
- Brown sugar
- Food starch-modified
- Natural flavor (wheat and plant source)
- Barley malt extract
- Caramel color
- Sodium phosphate
- Sodium stearoyl lactylate
- Sodium citrate
- Sweetened dried cranberries (sugar, cranberries)
- California raisins
- Golden raisins
- Sunflower oil
- Sulfur dioxide as a preservative (contains sulfites)
- Diced apples
Even though oats have been shown to possibly contain gluten and this is an on going controversy, their is no reason these extra ingredients should be added. The fact is the fast food industry is never safe, even if the product is sold as organic & natural it can never be trusted.