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Calories In Doughnut - Glazed, Dunking, Cake, Chocolate

We all love doughnuts – with the variety in shapes, sizes, and flavors there’s a favorite for everyone! It is easy to overlook the calories in a doughnut when munching on a fresh-baked doughnut but you need to make sure that this does not become a regular habit. The amount of calories in a doughnut depends on the size and type of doughnut. When calculating your calorie intake, read the through the nutritional details of a doughnut box and make sure of the serving size. The most common nutrients in a doughnut include saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium, sugars, dietary fibers, vitamin A and C, calcium and iron.

Given below are some of the most popular types of doughnuts:

  • Glazed doughnut
  • Jelly-filled doughnut
  • Custard-filled doughnut
  • Cake doughnut
  • Chocolate doughnut
  • Doughnut with sprinkles

Nutrition Facts Of Glazed Doughnut

A glazed doughnut is deep fried and topped with a glaze or cinnamon powder or sugar powder. You can indulge in this sinful treat – but only occasionally, as the calories in a glazed doughnut are a whopping 200-250 calories per serving. Given below are the nutritional facts of a glazed doughnut:
  • Fats – 12g
  • Cholesterol – 5mg
  • Sodium – 95mg
  • Carbohydrates – 22g
  • Calcium – 60mg
  • Iron – 0.72mg

These values are for a single 52g doughnut and these are bound to vary depending on the type of glazed doughnut you choose to eat as also the manner in which it is prepared.

Nutritional Information Of Dunkin Doughnut

Dunkin doughnuts are an extremely delicious treat to the palate.The calories in a dunkin doughnut range from about 150 to 360 calories per serving. The calorie count varies depending on the type of doughnut you choose to eat, with the French Cruller amounting to 150 calories at the least and Chocolate Frosted doughnut amounting to 360 calories at the most. The nutrient content of a dunkin doughnut does not amount to much as it is high in sugar and saturated fats. Dunkin doughnuts are available in a variety of tempting flavors such as:
  • French Cruller doughnut
  • Éclair doughnut
  • Pina colada doughnut
  • Frosted doughnut and so on

Nutrients Details in Cake Doughnut

Cake doughnuts are prepared in a slightly different manner from yeast doughnuts and they generally do not have a cream or chocolate filling but they may be glazed. Cake doughnuts also require a much shorter amount of frying time. The calories in a cake doughnut are lower than glazed or chocolate doughnuts and could amount to anything between 150 to 400 calories per serving. The nutritional composition of cake doughnuts is not very impressive either. This is because large amounts of fat and sugar can hardly provide any nourishment at all. Cake doughnuts are available in plain or coated variety such as sugar powder or cinnamon powder coating. Given below is the nutritional composition of a cake doughnut:
  • Fats – 13g
  • Cholesterol - 20mg
  • Sodium - 320mg
  • Carbohydrates - 25g
  • Sugars – 9g
  • Proteins – 3g

These values are for a single cake doughnut of 57g and will therefore vary as per your choice of cake doughnut.

Calories in Chocolate Doughnut

Chocolate doughnuts are simply irresistible! Some chocolate doughnuts come with melted chocolate inside of them, while others are sprinkled with choco-chips. The rich chocolate is one of the main reasons that the calories in a chocolate doughnut are so high. The average amount of calories in a chocolate doughnut is approximately 340 calories. In addition to its high calorie content, chocolate doughnuts are also high in fats and processed sugars. Make sure that you check the nutritional breakdown of a chocolate doughnut box before you dig in! Mentioned below are the different types of chocolate doughnuts that are available:
  • Glazed chocolate doughnut
  • Frosted chocolate doughnut
  • Cream-filled chocolate doughnut
  • Chocolate doughnut with sprinkles and so on.

Properties of Doughnut and Health Benefits:

Doughnuts contain a lot of carbohydrates as they are prepared using refined flour. They also contain a lot of unhealthy fats and sugar which only serves to increase their caloric value. However, not all doughnuts are unhealthy; in fact homemade doughnuts can be extremely healthy. Doughnuts topped with coconut flakes are also a very healthy option. You can always use homemade jam for the filling or you can simply sprinkle the doughnuts with plenty of nuts and raisins just before baking. Homemade baked doughnuts and oatmeal doughnuts are very good options. Doughnuts made with oatmeal or bran have a high fiber content and help to prevent minor digestive problems. Include homemade oatmeal-bran doughnuts in your regular diet to “enjoy” these health benefits of doughnuts.           

Side Effects of Doughnuts:

Who can resist warm freshly baked chocolate covered doughnuts? It’s no wonder that we are so addicted to doughnuts even if we are aware of its side effects. Doughnuts are among the most common “comfort foods” where people snack on them as a means of stress relief. However, before you go on a binge eating spree, think of all the nasty side effects of doughnuts and it should help you to stick to your diet. Creamy doughnuts generally pose the most health risks and if you have them on a regular basis, you will be at a higher risk of heart disease and elevated cholesterol levels. You will also be more likely to put on weight and suffer from lowered energy levels. People suffering from the following health conditions must keep their doughnut consumption to a minimum:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Blood pressure problems
  • Dental problems

Tips on Doughnut Intake:

Doughnuts are junk food – this is the most obvious fact and yet it is the most ignored bit of information! As far as possible, avoid doughnuts for breakfast as this is the time when you are most likely to overeat. You can have a doughnut instead of your mid-day snack or even as an early evening snack. Moderate your consumption so that you do not have more than two doughnuts at a sitting. Doughnuts are perishable and so it is important that you eat them while they are still fresh. One of the simplest doughnut storage tips is to place the excess doughnuts in airtight containers and refrigerate them as soon as possible.

Submitted on January 17, 2014