When you think about a doughnut, you think of nothing healthy but empty calories from refined flour, sugar, and fat. No matter how big the incentive is: A doughnut a day is not a healthy diet. The only healthy thing is to incentivize a COVID vaccination for the people who are still hesitant about getting it. The good news is that Krispy Kreme is offering the original glazed doughnut, which is still healthier compared to their other empty-calorie dense doughnut choices on the menu.
Based on the nutrition information on their website, I rated Krispy Kreme’s original glazed doughnut on our food rating system (Food Coach), and this is what the findings are.
Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed Doughnut is rated as a Red Dot, Watch Out food. However, it seems to be moderate in calories, with a moderate balance of total carbohydrates, fat, and sugars. And can be enjoyed as a one-time incentive to get a COVID vaccine. But offering one doughnut a day for the whole year as an incentive to the COVID vaccination can outweigh the vaccines’ positive health effect due to the following unhealthy qualities of this food.
Low Dietary fiber (< 1 gram):
Low fiber foods lower the healthy microbiota in the gut and create an unhealthy digestive system that increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and much more.
Low in Protein (3 gram):
Every cell of the body is made of protein. So, protein is essential to health. Food Coach recommends about 4-9 grams of protein per 100-125 calories on a generally healthy diet. Foods with an adequate amount of protein keep you full by decreasing your appetite and keeping blood sugars steady.
Made with refined white flour with added sugars:
Refined flour is nutrient-depleted starch, and adding sugar to it makes it a worse simple carbohydrate that can have some detrimental negative health effects long term. The high starch content with added sugars and no fiber will create hyperglycemic and hyperinsulinemic effects in the body, causing metabolic disorders and increasing the risk of rapid blood sugar fluctuations, thus increasing the risk of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. In fact, refined, processed foods are the culprit of most of our metabolic health problems. If you want to start on a healthy eating path, avoiding refined white flour with added sugars would be the first step.
Artificial flavors and preservatives:
The long ingredient list seems to have added artificial flavors and preservatives to keep the freshness and elongate shelf life. These ingredients must pass a range of safety tests before they could be legally added to any edible food. However, these substances remain the ongoing topic of discussion in the health and wellness industry due to their possible negative health effects.
You do not know you are hooked to something until you decide not to do it anymore. Sugar is addictive. Sugar is the brain’s main food. Sugar causes the brain to release dopamine and opioids, natural pleasure chemicals that falsely give you a happy feeling and make you eat it more.
Dietitian Nutritionist Recommendation:
What is best for you to eat depends upon your personal choices and health needs. If you are a healthy, young, and active individual, then maybe you can eat a doughnut and work it off. But if you are not very active and have certain health conditions like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, then eating a doughnut every day may put you into health jeopardy and may make your conditions worse. I wish we can have a Red Dot on every food label that is not fully healthy to eat to bring some consumer awareness. COVID 19 has challenged you in many ways. Take this challenge and get a vaccine shot not because of a free doughnut but because it is your right and duty to do so for your own health and the health of people around you. You don’t need any incentive to do what is right!
I will end with my favorite quote of a Buddhist Axiom!
If you look for sweetness
Your search will be endless
You will never be satisfied
But if you seek the true taste
You will find what you are looking for!
Disclaimer: Please note that this page is not medical advice. This can only be used as general guidance to a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This food does not ensure an adequate or inadequate and safe level of intake for a single person. Please consult your health care provider and check out our Medical Nutrition Therapy services for the diet plan that is right for you!