Founded in 1936 by Lawrence Shipley, Sr., Shipley Do-Nuts operates more than 190 stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas serving about 60 varieties of donuts and other pastries, according to the company website. (Ref 1). Doughnuts are not generally a healthy option in any diet, and should be reserved for an occasional treat only. But some varieties of Shipley Do-Nuts are better choices than others, containing fewer calories and less and fat than other options.
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Three Shipley doughnut holes contain 173 calories, which is almost 9 percent of the recommended daily allowance based on a 2,000-calorie diet, according to MyFitnessPal. (Ref 2) In total, three of these treats also contain 10 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of protein. The Department of Agriculture recommends that children and adults should consume no more than 130 grams of carbohydrates a day, so three doughnut holes would provide almost 15 percent of that total. (Ref 3)
A Shipley glazed doughnut will add 217 calories to your diet, including 100 calories from fat, according to the company website. (Ref 4) The doughnut contains 11 grams of fat, which is 18 percent of the total fat you should consume all day. So one doughnut will cost you nearly one-fifth of the maximum total fat you should consume for the day. The doughnut also provides 186 milligrams of sodium -- or 8 percent of your daily total; 25 milligrams of total carbohydrate -- or 8 percent of your daily recommended total; and a negligible 1 gram of dietary fiber and 3 grams of protein, according to the company.
Sausage & Cheese Kolache
The Sausage & Cheese Kolache contains far more fat than the doughnut offerings -- 326 calories, including 148 calories from fat, according to the company website. (Ref 5) The pastry also contains 16 grams of total fat, including 5 grams of saturated fat, both of which provide fully one-fourth of the amount of fat you should consume in an entire day, according to the company. But, the Kolache does contain 11 grams of protein, which is nearly 24 percent of the total the average woman should consume of this macronutrient each day and nearly 20 percent of the daily need for men, according to the USDA. (Ref 3)
Harvard Health Publications notes that you have healthier ways to obtain the nutrients you need than doughnuts. The website recommends that instead of consuming a doughnut -- which is "cooked in an oil rich in trans fats" -- you would be better off eating an egg for breakfast, or you might substitute an egg white as a healthier option. Harvard Health also recommends that you limit processed sugar as well as refined grains in general, which are used to create many varieties of doughnuts. You should obtain your fat, protein and carbohydrates from nutrient-dense foods and obtain your fats from foods prepared with healthy oils, such as olive and canola, while avoiding foods cooked in unhealthy trans fats -- such as doughnuts, the website notes.