Beyond Oxymoron: Healthy Doughnuts

Okay, now I’ve never been a doughnut eater. Even in my pre-vegetable-based diet days I avoided fried pastries like the plague. In my humble opinion there’s nothing redeeming about doughnuts. Lots of vegetable oil, sugar, refined flour, and dairy aren’t exactly a winning combination, right?

So I was a little surprised to read that there are actually “healthy” doughnut makers out there. And what exactly constitutes a health doughnut? Well according to Curt Woodward of the Associated Press it’s a doughnut made without trans fat. Oh we’re knee deep in healthiness now:
"My feeling is that the whole trans fat issue is a calorie distraction," Marion Nestle a nutrition professor at New York University said. "You think that because it's trans-fat-free, it doesn't have any calories. And whatever the substitute is going to be, it's going to have just as many calories."

Becky Anderson, a Mighty-O regular in Seattle, said her loyalty owes in part to the store's natural recipe -- a better fit with her vegetarian diet. But she concedes that they're still doughnuts.

"I'm not saying this is good for you," Anderson said as she watched a stream of sizzling blobs of dough bob across a pool of organic palm fruit oil. "But it's definitely not as bad."
Honestly, all the palm fruit oil in the world isn’t going to change my opinion on this one. Doughnuts are junk, period.
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Michael - January 17, 2007 8:43 AM

Not as bad? That is like saying getting shot in the leg with a .22 is not as bad as getting shot in the leg with a .38 bullet.

Mark - January 23, 2008 11:51 AM

Getting shot in the leg with a .22 is WAY better than getting shot in the leg with a .38. .22 is in and out. A .38 will tear your sh*t up.

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