Just in case you didn’t know, a piece of regular donut contains about 200 to 350 calories, mostly from carbs and fats.
Not to mention that they have no nutritional value at all and what they give your body is mostly junk. Do you want to know why? Since donuts are fried, it is most likely to contain a good dose of trans-fat.
Store-bought donuts are normally made up of 3 to 5 teaspoons of refined sugar, 6 to 10 grams of saturated fat (bad fat) and 2 to 5 grams of trans-fat. Now, when you think of it as a whole, is it worth it?
At present, millions of people around the globe are suffering from obesity or overweight problems; it could be the result of a poorly managed diet with little to no exercise.
To most of us, take-away foods are the most convenient way to have our meals for the day and donut being a favorite breakfast or snack item is always on top of the list.
1. If you are diabetic and you don’t eat donuts, it will save you the trouble of raising your blood glucose levels. Donuts have high glycemic index which can cause blood sugar spikes and energy crashes because they are easily digested by the body and the host will soon feel hungry and again. It also contain high amounts of sugar especially the glazed varieties and those with filling.
A single serving of this kind would normally give around 5 teaspoons of sugar, almost meeting the maximum allowance for the day which is 6 teaspoons for women.
2. If you have heart issues and hypertension, it is wise to completely avoid them. Since they are fried, they are loaded with saturated fats and trans fats almost meeting your maximum allowance for the day, which can give rise to blood cholesterol and triglycerides that may cause heart attack or stroke.
3. If you are trying to maintain or lose weight, eating donut is not a very good idea. We all know that too much of anything is not good to us right? And as I have mentioned earlier a single serving contain high amounts of sugar, fat and trans fat which can also give us a diet that is high in calories.
Also, many people who eat donuts don’t get satisfied with just one serving usually they will eat two. Meaning they will be getting around 6 to 10 teaspoons equivalent of sugar, 12 to 20 grams of saturated fat, 4 to 10 grams of trans fat and 500 to 600 calories, all that in just one meal for the day! When you include donut in your daily diet you will add about 500g a week.
4. Donuts have no nutritional value because the ingredients used are refined flour and sugar, which makes them a highly processed food. It lacks fibre and other important nutrients because they are removed in the refining process.
Fibre should be supplied in the daily diet because it helps lower cholesterol and sugar levels, helps prevent certain cancers, and it aids in digestion and weight loss.
So next time you buy something you need to snack on just opt for healthy foods which gives high nutritional value. And please save your kids, don’t let them eat these fancy treats, think about what it will do to your child’s health, the risks involved when consumed.
Donuts are a global phenomenon. So are obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.