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Fat Grams in Donuts

author image Chris Deoudes
Chris Deoudes has been a fitness writer since 2006, with articles published at Bodybuilding.com and Avant Labs. He is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise and as a performance sport nutrition specialist by the International Sports Sciences Association. He has a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and business management from the University of Florida.
Fat Grams in Donuts
Donuts actually aren't so healthful for breakfast Photo Credit Design Pics/Design Pics/Getty Images


Donuts, which are actually fried cakes that resemble dessert foods, have long been a favorite breakfast choice for many Americans. It is often considered more flavorful than its slightly healthier cousin, the bagel with cream cheese. A legend has it, the Native Americans in the southwest part of the United States were the first to make donuts according to Mr.Breakfast.com. Regular consumption of donuts can be harmful to your health, you should be aware of amount of fat grams in donuts.

Donuts with Creme Filling

Donuts with creme filling are among the most tasty, but also generally have the most grams of fat. Boston creme or lemon creme donuts should be avoided if you are watching your weight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database reports that a donut with creme filling will contain 21g of fat on average as reported on Nutrientfacts.com. The ratio of healthful fats to unhealthful fats can vary but the American Heart Association considers donuts to be a major source of trans fat because they are fried and sometimes re-fried in partially-hydrogenated oil.

Donuts with Jelly Filling

Many people opt for jelly donuts because they consider them to be a healthier choice. The USDA National Nutrient Database notes that a jelly donut, of equal size to a creme-filled donut, still contains an average of 16g of fat. While this may seem like a healthier alternative, jelly donuts are often higher in sugar. Sugar, especially the simple sugars in donuts will stimulate your body to release insulin that can promote immediate fat storage.

French Curlers

French curlers are glazed donuts that resemble honey buns with a hole in them. They are often smaller and less dense than creme or jelly-filled donuts. The USDA National Nutrient Database reports that the average french curler contains 7.5g of fat. These donuts are the lowest in fat of the donuts listed in the USDA National Nutrient Database. But since french curlers are lighter and less filling than the larger donuts and you may be tempted to eat more. The glazed frosting on the french curlers is made of sugar.

Trans Fat

The amount of fat per donut, even one of the same "kind" can greatly vary. MayoClinic.com reports that "trans fat" or foods with trans fatty acids are very harmful to your health. According to Consumer Reports.org, large donut and coffee chains like Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Starbucks have less than a half gram of trans fat per donut. Healthcastle.com claims that grocery store bought donuts are not this way however. They report that a simple packaged grocery store glazed donut is filled with preservatives and contains 4g of trans fat and 3g of saturated fat. These donuts are cooked in partially-hydrogenated oil that extends their shelf life at the expense of your health.

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