In all honesty, I don’t think that you are doing yourself a disfavor by going out and grabbing an occasional dozen donuts. I buy these 12 little guys to share, not to binge on, mind you. I am not referring to those monstrous delights boasting fried chicken, gummy snakes, and the like found at Gourdough’s, you Austinites. I am talking about a 7AM run to your local donut shop, often run by Korean individuals.
“What the heck do you mean by ‘donuts are not bad?’” Well, let’s just compare the ingredients in a simple donut recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/glazed-yeast-doughnuts/ . There are—count them—12 ingredients, none of them which are more foreign or unrecognizable than dry yeast. Really, sugar, oil, and flour, the base of the fried delicacies, are nothing different than what your (assumedly) healthier grandparents may have eaten. Many of you nutrition junkies understand that eating a balanced diet may allow for the occasional donut. Alas, there is growing concern on mysterious ingredients within our truly processed foods. Sure, donuts may not be anything close to “nutritionally dense”, but let us compare that to a common “healthy” breakfast bar:
CRUST: WHOLE GRAIN OATS, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, SOYBEAN OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, WHEAT BRAN, CALCIUM CARBONATE, DEXTROSE, SALT, CELLULOSE, POTASSIUM BICARBONATE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, WHEAT GLUTEN, CORNSTARCH, NONFAT MILK, NIACINAMIDE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, CARRAGEENAN, ZINC OXIDE, REDUCED IRON, GUAR GUM, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), FOLIC ACID). FILLING: INVERT SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, WATER, GLYCERIN, CHERRY PUREE CONCENTRATE, SUGAR, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, POMEGRANATE JUICE CONCENTRATE, SODIUM ALGINATE, SODIUM CITRATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MALIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, METHYLCELLULOSE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CARAMEL COLOR, RED #40.
Any guesses? Kelloggs® Nutri-Grain® Fruit Fusion™ with Antioxidants Flavored Cereal Bars Cherry Pomegranate. Wow. Now, you can get antioxidants with your 50+ ingredient grab-n-go bar! 20+ ingredient filling, included!
Are you seeing my point? Yes, 2 bars could equal 1 medium donut, but is eating all those chemicals going to fix your sweet tooth? Go ahead, grab that donut. Now, aside from that rant on how much crap you are running towards when trying to shop healthy, let us consider the pure joy that comes from indulging in a good ol’ holed piece of starch cooked in an abundance of oil. Continue reading