Donuts. They contain nutrients. Lots of them, in fact.
In honor of National Doughnut Day, Positive Eats is celebrating the nutrition in the torus-shaped, glazed delight. Often categorized as “unhealthy” and “bad”, the donut has earned a terrible rap over its lifetime. But why?? WHY must we label foods?? Are foods not just different vehicles for different amounts of nutrients?
Let’s break it down–And you will see soon enough that donuts (or doughnuts) are NOT bad for you!! In fact, no foods are bad for you when looking objectively at the nutritional content, and when you understand what amounts of nutrients are necessary for healthy survival.
Check out this recipe for homemade donuts. Positive Eats encourages everyone to learn how to cook. Why? Because once you know that foods come from a combination of simple ingredients, you learn how to estimate nutrient content (and also how to tailor recipes to fit your nutritional needs)!
The classic glazed doughnut is made from a mixture of flour, milk, eggs, sugar, and butter, and then deep-fried in some oil and coated in a sugary glaze. Being majority flour, oil, and sugar, this means that donuts contain a lot of carbohydrates and fat. COOL! We need carbs and fat for survival. Would eating donuts every day for every meal be the best decision for a balanced, healthy diet? We will let you make that choice.
Notice here from Dunkin’ Donuts site, that their glazed donut contains a whopping 6% of your daily iron needs. This is because flour in the United States undergoes mandatory fortification with essential vitamins and minerals–one of them being iron.
Now go enjoy your day, and share some positive nutrition knowledge!
Oh, and here are some additional positive notes on donuts, given to you by children. Sometimes they know best. 🙂