How to dodge the doughnut damage!

Kellie Collins

It’s 11am and you haven’t eaten since breakfast 3 hours ago. You’re feeling quite peckish today and fancy something a bit more…well, stodgy than fruit for your mid-morning break. So off you go to the nearest coffee bar for elevenses. And this is when you are faced with your daily dilemma – what to have with your cuppa.

Hmm, difficult decision. Muffins, Danish pastries, doughnuts and scones are all on offer. So which is it to be, and more importantly, where do these snacks stand in the fat and calorie ratings?

Well, the news for all you Danish lovers is not good. Did you know that a pecan or almond Danish has roughly 280 calories and a horrifying 16 grams of fat? And while we should all be increasing our daily fruit and vegetable consumption, a fruit Danish is not the way to do it – an apple or apricot Danish pastry is only slightly better than the nutty variety at 260 calories and 13 grams of fat. And it doesn’t even count as a fruit portion!

Believe it or not, doughnuts are not quite as disastrous to the diet as a Danish but will still add between 190 cals and 11 grams of fat for a plain ring doughnut and 235 cals and 16 grams of fat for a custard filled doughnut – doh!

Now, I never thought that I’d be recommending muffins but a small (2”) chocolate or fruit muffin has only 150 cals and 7 grams of fat. But remember - size matters! A large (3”) muffin has a less acceptable 240 cals and 11 grams of fat while an extra large muffin – 3½” diameter - has a staggering 475 calories and 22 grams of fat.

That’s about the same as half a thin and crispy pepperoni pizza – and can you imagine eating THAT at 11am? I don’t think so…

So will the scone do any less damage than the diet-crushing Danish and doughnuts? Thankfully, it is marginally better, with a fruit scone having about 150 calories and a more acceptable 5 grams of fat. Add some low-fat spread and you’re only up to 165 calories and 5 grams of fat, while adding a scraping of reduced sugar jam will bring this snack to a total of 180 calories and 6 grams of fat.

Acceptable? It’s certainly more acceptable than the Danish, doughnut or muffin options. A scone will also help you feel fuller for longer, keeping diet damage to a minimum for the rest of the day!

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