Krispy Kreme Donuts Are Actually Healthier For You Than These 5 Treats

Krispy Kreme doughnuts

Krispy Kreme doughnuts | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

If you’re dieting or attempting a sugar-free diet, we doubt you’re reaching for a Krispy Kreme donut anytime soon. Still, the chain that boasts freshly baked and glazed donuts can be tempting for a once-in-a-while treat or cheat day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 25 grams of sugar or less daily for the average adult. If you eat two and a half Krispy Kremes, you’ve already exceeded this goal.

Health professionals found that many Americans eat nearly five times the recommended amount of sugar. Often times, this sugar hides in prepackaged foods that market themselves as healthy choices when they’re anything but. We uncovered five foods with more sugar than a Krispy Kreme diet … a few of which are actually considered “diet foods” among uneducated consumers.

Most Dunkin’ Donuts

Krispy Kreme is actually the lesser of the two evils when it comes to their donuts. Krispy Kreme’s donuts average between 200 and 300 calories, while Dunkin’s fall between 390 and 500 calories. Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast treats are also higher in sugar, fat, and sodium than Krispy Kreme’s donuts.

Take both brand’s glazed donut for example; Krispy Kreme’s has 190 calories, 10 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of fat. One glazed donut from Dunkin‘ will run you 260 calories, 12 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of fat.

A Grande Starbucks’ Latte


Beware of Starbucks’ drinks’ hidden calories | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Starbucks Coffee branded itself as a hip and healthy coffee chain with refreshing drinks and filling treats. While some of their food certainly breaks the calorie bank, it’s Starbucks’ drinks that pack all the hidden calories. A grande (medium-sized) latte packs 17 grams of sugar — and that’s not even counting if you add a flavored syrup to the mix.

Chobani nonfat yogurt

Chobani drinkable yogurt

Full of protein … and sugar. | Chobani

Yogurt is a healthy breakfast food, admittedly far healthier than the donut or bagel you probably wish you bought. Some prepackaged yogurts are marketed as healthy grab-and-go options when they really pack tons of added sugar and calories.

Take Chobani for example. If you choose a full fat, organic, plain flavor then you’re on the right track … but most people opt for a flavored yogurt or one with fruit juice on the bottom. Chobani yogurts average 15 grams of sugar for a 5.3 oz container, 4 more grams of sugar than one glazed Krispy Kreme donut.


Odwalla Strawberry Banana smoothie

Odwalla Smoothies seem like easy, healthy grocery store grabs. In reality, these fruit smoothies are the source of tons of empty sugars and chemicals — not fruit. Odwalla nutrition labels reveal that smoothies like their Strawberry Banana juice have 260 calories and an alarming 47 grams of sugar compared to a Krispy Kreme donut’s 10 grams.

The ingredient list is concerning as well. While the smoothie claims to pack “12 strawberries, 2/3 a banana,” and various fruit juices, the label reveals what’s really inside: Strawberry purée from concentrate, apple and orange juices from concentrate, banana purée, less than 0.5% of: natural flavors, fruit and vegetable juice (for color), lemon juice concentrate (for tartness), vitamin c (ascorbic acid), vitamin e (d-alpha tocopherol acetate), beta carotene, pectin and gellan gum.

20 oz Vitamin Water

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These “reviving” beverages are high in sugar | Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for vitaminwater

One of the first steps to losing weight is to stop drinking your calories. This means cutting out alcohol, soda, sports drinks, and high-calorie coffees. Brands like Vitamin Water market their drinks as healthy, revitalizing, and natural when oftentimes they pack a meal’s worth of calories and sugars.

One bottle of Vitamin Water’s “Essential” has 260 calories, 32 grams of sugar, and a long ingredient list packed with chemicals. We aren’t calling a Krispy Kreme donut the epitome of a healthy snack, but if you’re going to consume the calories, you may as well do it with a hot, fresh donut than a bottle of reverse osmosis water, crystalline fructose, cane sugar, and citric acid.

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