It’s no secret that New Englanders love Dunkin Donuts. With a shop on most corners, it’s a convenient place to grab a snack, meal, or a coffee. But how does it affect your health and what are the best choices? I took a look at their nutrition information to find the answer.*
*The American Heart Association has the following nutrition recommendations:
Want to see for yourself? Here's the link to the Dunkin Donut's nutrition pdf
The coffee and tea are not the issue. It’s what they put IN the coffee that is troubling. When you get a regular, medium Dunkin coffee (cream + sugar), they put in over 7 teaspoons! The cream provides 25-30% of your daily saturated fat!
Your best choice in general is to get the coffee or tea black (or with a flavor shot) and then add milk (skim or whole). If you must add sugar, add your own so you can control the amount.
Sooo...I'm never supposed to go to Dunkin Donuts?!
I'm not saying you should never ever go to Dunkin Donuts or that if you do, you can only have an English muffin. The danger is when these foods become a regular part of a daily routine (eg, daily, weekly, etc). Also, the sodium, saturated fat, and sugar content of their foods isn't that different from Starbucks, Panera, or most other restaurants for that matter.
The point is that these foods aren't meant to sustain our bodies...
but they are a wonderful pleasure for the soul.
DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is meant to be for general education. If you want individual guidance to reach your unique health goals, please contact me or a local dietitian directly
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