While no doughnut is really a low-calorie option, jelly doughnuts are among the types containing the most calories. Not only are they high in calories, but most of these calories come from sugar and fat, both of which should be limited in a healthy diet to lower your risk for heart disease, obesity and other health problems. Should you really want a jelly doughnut, making your own baked version is healthier and lower in calories than the fried versions you buy at doughnut shops.
A typical jelly-filled doughnut has 289 calories, 16 grams of fat and 18 grams of sugar. This is 24 percent of the daily value for fat and more than half of the daily recommended limit of 25 grams of added sugar for women. Men should limit added sugar to 37.5 grams per day. Jelly doughnuts do have fewer calories than cream-filled doughnuts, which have 375 calories and 21 grams of fat, but more than the 242 calories and 14 grams of fat in a plain yeast-raised doughnut. Make your own baked version, and each doughnut will contain about 215 calories and 6 grams of fat.