March 9, 2007

Whole wheat junk food?

NBC's TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer has some blunt answers for those of you who think Krispy Kreme has come up with health food. Remember appropriate portions at all times.

He writes on
Can junk food really be health food?
No, junk food will never be a substitute for wholesome fruits and vegetables. And as consumers, we cannot be fooled into thinking an unhealthy food product — with a small shot of added nutrition — becomes a health food that we can eat in unlimited amounts.

Krispy Kreme Whole Wheat Doughnut
Kudos to Krispy Kreme for becoming health conscience; however, the new whole wheat version is still a decadent doughnut. It’s almost exactly the same as the original glazed, except for the whole wheat flour. That substitution gives it 2 grams of fiber, BUT the whole wheat version still has 3.5 grams of trans fat (that’s a whopping amount!). Also, their whole wheat version provides 180 calories ... compared with 200 calories in the original glazed — that’s only a 20-calorie savings.

In my opinion, Krispy Kreme doughnuts (plain or whole wheat) are a decadent (and delicious!) occasional treat — don’t be fooled into eating them regularly just because the new version contains whole grain. In fact, eat the version you prefer, just do so sparingly.

Original Glazed KK Whole Wheat KK

200 calories 180 calories

12 grams total fat 11 grams total fat

4 grams trans fat 3.5 grams trans fat

22 grams carbs 19 grams carbs

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