Author: Christopher Roberts
July 23rd, 2018 • 3 min read
Last Updated: August 12th, 2018
Inspiration of the article:
If you've been planning to pick up healthy eating habits and you just love doughnuts too much, the information on this page may scare you. But look at it on the bright side. Reading reasons why doughnuts are garbage for your health can change the way you make choices in eating, as we will see why in a bit.
First off, ask yourself this question: How many calories does a doughnut contain?
A small bag of chips easily equates to over 250 calories, and depending on the size and brand, a cookie can contain anywhere from 50 to 200 calories each. That's a scary fact considering one cookie can easily be eaten in seconds.
But how about a doughnut?
A single doughnut can easily rock over 300 calories. Yikes! Have a look at this glazed donut from Dunkin Donuts:
A glazed donut from Dunkin Donuts contains 260 calories. How long does it take you to finish eating a glazed donut? Not that long either, huh? So be careful with doughnuts. If you get carried away with them, they can easily wreak havoc on your health in several ways.
Now that i've got you hooked, let's go over the dangers that these delicious creatures bring forth into your system:
If you've been eating nearly 1 doughnut a day, you are already at risk of gaining significant weight over time. A Krispy Kreme Apple Fritter doughnut contians 350 calories, while a Powdered Cake Doughnuts contains 310 calories. So if you're like I am, I usually eat two doughnuts at a time before I begin feeling full. It's no wonder I gave up doughnuts for healthier alternatives.
Guess what doughnuts are made of? White flour. And white flours are simple carbohydrates, which you should be careful with if they aren't coming from fruits or vegetables. They also contain lots of sugar. But these sugars aren't the healthy sugars you find in fruits. They're highly refined which makes them a highly processed product.
In addition, refined carbs nearly contain any fiber, which is an crucial nutrient found in whole grain and other healthy, natural foods. Regularly consuming fiber is essential to keeping your system healthy. But that's not all, fiber also has the neat benefit of helping prevent colon cancer, help control blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.
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If it wasn't obvious yet, doughnuts contain lots of sugar. Even plain doughnuts have a high amount of sugar in them. To add onto that, if you choose a glazed, jam or cream doughnut, the amount of calories, sugar, and fat increases dramatically. Your average chocolate glazed doughnut can contain 5 teaspoons of sugar. Ouch! Women should a maxium of 6 tsp. of sugar in a day according to the American Heart Association, so just one doughnut already reaches that finish line in a matter of seconds after eating. And if you regularly eat more than one in a daily basis, you can develop problems with your blood sugar, such as energy crashes and erratic glucose levels in the blood. People with diabetes should just avoid doughnuts as much as possible.
Doughnuts can damage your heart over time if consumed regularly. They're fried, which make them packed with saturated and trans fats. Doughnuts contain more trans fats than chocolate, peanut butter chocolate bars and even chips. A single doughnut easily fills your maximum recommended consumed trans fats for the entire day, and the truth is that people rarely stop at one doughnut when in possession of them. Trans fats can increase your triglycerides and cholesterol, as well as increase your risk of heart disease. Yikes!.
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