For most people, it won’t be much of a surprise that a Krispy Kreme doughnut is an unhealthy (if tasty) food choice. After all, it’s fried dough smothered in a high-sugar glaze. It’s the guilty food delight of many people, but it is not a remotely healthy food choice.
However, many people who would not touch a glazed doughnut will eat other foods that they do not realize are not healthy food options. For example, one popular coffee drink, that many otherwise health conscious people happily drink regularly, actually has more sugar than a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut. Which one?
A Starbucks Frappuccino.
If you doubt the truth of this statement, realize that a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut has 10 grams of sugar (and 11 grams of fat), while, Amy Goodrich notes, “one Starbucks Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino contains 13 teaspoons of sugar.” To give perspective, Elaine Magee says that…
“One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. To put it another way, 16 grams of sugar in a product is equal to about 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar.”
Admittedly, the amount of sugar on the label includes natural sugars from the fruit and milk, but that 16 ounce Frappuccino has 54 grams of sugar versus the 10 grams from a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut. This makes it extremely unlikely that the sugar content is purely due to the fruit and milk in the Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino.
Having said that, other frozen drinks also contain massive amounts of sugar such as Burger King’s Cherry Berry Frozen Lemonade with 86 grams (22 teaspoons) of sugar and McDonald’s Mango and Pineapple Iced Fruit Smoothie which has about half the sugar of Burger King’s Lemonade just mentioned. Keep in mind that this is still about 43 grams (11 teaspoons) of sugar which is still more sugar than four Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.
To remind you of why this sugar content is so bad for your health, remember that high sugar content in a person’s diet has been linked to type-2 diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and tooth decay. Also, an increase in the amount of sugar in a persons diet can increase the amount of other calories that a person ingests.
Overall, consistent sugar in a person’s diet is extremely bad for health, and we recommend that, in addition to avoiding the Krispy Kreme doughnuts (except on the occasional basis), the drinks mentioned above should generally be avoided, too.