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Dec 03, 2007

Krispy Krispy Kringle

A recent chat-over-dessert sent me to the Krispy Kreme website in search of nutritional information.  Holy yikes!

An original glazed donut has 200 calories which is perhaps not too shocking when you consider that a hefty slice of whole grain bread might have ~160 calories.  But what's in those 200 Krispy Kalories?  3 grams of protein and whole bunch of you-don't-need-it.  And the glazed kreme-filled?  360 calories.  The apple fritter ties for highest-calories-per-unit at 380.*

In case you were wondering, Krispy Kreme donuts are vegetarian.  Some are even Kosher.  Nutritional information here at Krispy Kreme Korporate.

So.  I still love Krispy Kreme but now I have the digits to prove that I need to love those things like skydivers love their hobby: with great joy and with great care.


*When I was a kid, my family and I probably would have thought the apple fritter was healthiest because of the "apple".  No longer.

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Mmmm, transfats.

Posted by: Valerie | Dec 3, 2007 12:27:01 AM


I love all (yeast) donuts. I've still never eaten a "hot now" Krispy Kreme donut, though.

Posted by: Lenore | Dec 3, 2007 10:27:26 PM

once in a blue moon I go to Guglhupf and have a fruit danish and brezel knot for Brekky washed down with some Tanzanian java. no not healthy not cheap but gooooooood

Posted by: Fritz | Dec 3, 2007 10:56:26 PM

Fritz -- you're actually HAVING breakfast, which puts you one up on most people.

Lenore -- um, that's really really bad that you've lived here that long and not done the KKHDN. Really REALLY bad.

Posted by: Phil | Dec 4, 2007 4:43:11 PM

I have to say that I find the current KK "snowman" doughnut very charming. But to look at, not to eat, because for the next three months I have to give up sugar and most likely the majority of my favorite carbohydrates. Sob.

Posted by: Pinky | Dec 4, 2007 7:51:05 PM

Happily, I once did the math and decided that one skydive (gear up, dirt dive, actual jump, and packing) burns about the same number of calories as one glazed KK donut provides. Happy me. :-) Blue Skies!

Posted by: Doc | Dec 5, 2007 4:38:39 AM

Um, I hate to tell you folks, but most donuts (especially yeast-risen ones) are essentially deep-fried in fat. It's not really deep-frying because the donuts float, so they have to be turned over to cook the other side. That's why you see a whitish line sometimes around the donut's equator: that's where the fat came up to.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Dec 5, 2007 5:09:55 PM

Thanks, Joe. Out of curiosity, I once asked for a Krispy Kreme glazed donut pulled off the line just after it came out of the fryer and just before it got to the sugar curtain.

BLEAH!!! It was like a piece of bread soaked in hot vegetable oil. Which, of course, is just what it was. I had never realized how much of the oil got taken up into the donut.

Mind you, that was just the flavor disaster I was understanding at the time. I didn't realize how many calories were also involved because I was stuck in the mindset about vegetables.

I think what I've had a hard time mentally (if not physically) internalizing is that the "vegetable" in "vegetable oil" does not mean "nothing but healthy and good for you."

Apparently, "Eat your vegetables" does not mean "eat your vegetable fat". :-)

Most vegetable oils have ~120 calories per tablespoon. I didn't realize it was that high. I've long known enough to avoid palm oils, but I didn't realize that the "good" oils were all so calorific.

More here at dietbites.com:


Posted by: Phil | Dec 5, 2007 6:24:02 PM

Any pure fat is going to have 9 calories per gram, period. Carbohydrates and proteins come in at 4 calories/gram. (By the way, these are the standard dietetic calories, not the calories you learned about in physics class. 1 dietetic calorie = 1 kcal on the physics scale. If this confuses you, ignore it.) So palm oil = 9 calories per gram. Butterfat? 9 calories/gram. Canola oil? You guessed it: 9 calories/gram. Lard? 9 cal/gm.

People get confused over the healthy/non-healthy fat thing. All those fats are 9 calories per gram. The healthy/non-healthy thing has nothing to do with calories. It has to do with whether the fat helps raise or lower blood cholesterol levels, particularly LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). LDL is bad (think L for Lethal). HDL is good in the sense that it's not LDL. But you can still get fat on HDL and damage yourself.

So, if you deep fry one piece of chicken in lard, and another in canola oil, the number of calories in the piece of chicken is going to be essentially the same.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Dec 7, 2007 11:30:20 AM