Either you or someone you know has once upon a time, I’m willing to bet, said something along the lines of “I’m really trying to watch my sugar intake this week.” If that’s the route you want to go, more power to ya, healthy high fives and all of that. But you should know, there are more sugary things than a glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut, and they will not aid you in your sugar showdown, should you choose to consume them.
Just to be clear — this is just about sugar. There are many other nutritional pros and cons to consider when selecting your snack/drink/meal of choice. But that being said, Mother Jones has quite a list of foods you may not have associated with high sugar content, at least in relation to doughnuts. Mmm, doughnuts. Check out the five dining options below and the entire lineup here.
1. Yoplait Original Yogurt: 27 grams of sugar = 2.7 Krispy Kreme doughnuts
This just makes me think of those commercials where people are envisioning a sugary dessert but then satisfying that craving with a yogurt. If it’s sugar you seek, that will apparently work.
2. Luna bar: 11 grams of sugar = 1.1 Krispy Kreme doughnuts
“I am going to eat a healthy health food bar thing,” you might think, while patting yourself on the back. Just be sure you know that these kinds of bars are often meal replacement bars, and not a free pass devoid of any sugar/calories.
3. 20 oz VitaminWater: 33 grams of sugar = 3.3 Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Drinkable sugar or gnoshable doughnuts? I’m so confused as to where I should be sugaring up now.
But hey, it isn’t just the sweet stuff you should take into consideration. There are plenty of savory options that can still pack a sugary punch.
4. California Pizza Kitchen Thai Chicken Salad: 45 grams of sugar = 4.5 Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Salad? Sugar? Yes. It can happen. Be aware.
5. Subway 6″ Sweet Onion Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich: 17 grams of sugar = 1.7 Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Hmm, a sandwich or a doughnut? The choice is yours to make but it seems the word “sweet” isn’t just a bit of affection here.
Again, this isn’t advocating or slamming sugar — there are plenty of other reasons to choose one food over another, depending on what you want to get out of your edibles. It’s just good to know more about the choices you make.