Amarillo Chiropractor Discussing How Bad Doughnuts Really Are!!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

“Where are we located? Well, we’re located in the Abuelo’s building behind the new Amarillo Donut Stop at I-27 & 45th Street.”

Those words come out of my mouth at least 20 times a week. It’s second nature. But recently I have started thinking about being a healthcare clinic located next door to a Donut Stop in Amarillo.

Firstly, it’s GREAT for us. The free exposure is awesome for us since Amarillo seems to love their doughnuts. It’s packed there every day of the week.

Secondly, it’s terrible for us! I have to tell patients not to bring doughnuts in here. It’s very kind of them, but the simple truth is that we will eat them if they bring them in here! Who doesn’t love a fresh doughnut hole?

I did some research just to make sure that I was not over-reacting and here is what I have learned.

It’s not the 200 calories that’ll get you (that’s if you just stick with one). It’s the six grams of saturated-plus-trans fat. That’s nearly a third of a day’s worth of bad fat in every ring. It’s like eating a slice of white bread smeared with a tablespoon of lard (plus a tablespoon of jelly). – The hole truth: what you don’t know about doughnuts – Jane Hurley, Bonnie Liebman.

A single doughnut can contain as much as 2.2 grams of trans fats, more than the World Health Organization’s recommended intake for a whole day, the Hong Kong Consumer Council found. – Healthnews

All doughnuts are not created equal. “Cake” doughnuts can have twice as much fat as “yeast” doughnuts. And a chocolate or coconut coating or frosting is worse than other coatings, whether it’s yeast or cake. Take a Glazed or Sugar Raised yeast Donut at Dunkin’ Donuts. Eat only one (good luck!) and you can get away with about 200 calories, a teaspoon or two of sugar, and eight or 12 grams of fat.

That’s not terrific. Like any doughnut, the trans fat in the frying shortening matches the damage caused by the saturated fat. We found six grams—nearly a third of a day’s worth—of “bad” fat (sat plus trans) in one yeast Glazed Donut. But you could do a lot worse. A single Dunkin’ Donuts Chocolate Cake Glazed Donut, for example, has 340 calories, three teaspoons of sugar, and 22 grams of fat—12 of them trans or saturated. Of course, doughnut lovers seldom stop at one.

Dunkin’ makes it tough by running frequent promotions like “Buy six, get six free.” And don’t let your eyes wander over to the crullers, fritters, or coffee rolls while you’re waiting in line. Think of each as 250 to 300 calories of deep-fried sugar-coated flour. -Nutrition Action

I guess, in the end, you may conclude that a doughnut here and there is not much of an issue. The main problem comes with the knowledge that you NEVER eat just one every now and then. We consume two at the very least and most likely three. My years of nutrition and Weight Watchers tell me that there are simply healthier food choices out there that can still let you feel like you are “getting away” with something forbidden without ruining your arteries, your waistline, and your overall health.

Try a whole wheat bagel with fat-free cream cheese. You’ll feel like a king/queen without the health risks and weight gain!