The hole in doughnut logic

I try to be fairly health conscious.  I exercise regularly and for the most part I try to make good food choices.  Without question I’m a food label reader and a couple of weeks ago, while traveling, I stopped into a bistro to grab breakfast.  In all fairness, this would not have been my first choice for breakfast but it was convenient.  I was impressed that there was nutrition information posted for all of the items on the menu.  I was less impressed by what I learned.

The bistro sold low-fat muffins, yogurt, doughnuts and coffee.  And the bistro specifically promoted the low-fat muffin as a healthy breakfast alternative.  They had about 5 different kinds of “low-fat” muffins on the menu so I took time to read the nutrition info for each.  I didn’t find any that sounded good so I began looking at other menu items and I was shocked by what I learned.

The low-fat muffins contained more calories and sugar than the doughnuts!

In the end I didn’t order a muffin or doughnut, instead, my breakfast consisted only of coffee.  My experience did remind me of the power of presentation and the need to read labels.  Had I not done so I would have ordered the muffin and been convinced that I made a “healthy” breakfast choice.

We all have choices in what we eat and sometimes the best choice isn’t apparent.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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1 Response to The hole in doughnut logic

  1. Debbie Hill says:

    HOW TRUE. I am impressed that you passed up on breakfast. I try so hard to look at my food and eat to live instead of living to eat. In this situation i would have ate the doughtnut because i would have thought i deserved something for breakfast. BAD CHOICE ON MY PART!!! The doughnut would have had no nutrional value and would have made me even hungerier because what i really need at breakfast is protien to help fight my hunger. Thanks for sharing about label reading and also for telling you were willing to go without breakfast rather than to eat something with no nutrional value. You are a great example.

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