Now - on to more pleasant topics - the actual donut.
|The donut dilemma: Medicare donut hole or actual donut hole can cost you.|
Although I am typically not a partaker of donuts, the fact that I will be traveling across the wonderful state of Pennsylvania this weekend got me thinking to my destination and what awaits on the other end. There is a small place - what some would consider "a hole in the wall" back in a small town in Western Pennsylvania that offers up the most delicious doughnut that I have ever tasted. The homemade kind that is soft and light and airy. My favorite is the cinnamon coffee roll that is bigger than my hand with a maple glazed icing that is to die for. These creations of Clark's Donuts are definitely 'Much a Donut about Something.'
But, I digress. Typically a health conscious woman except for the occasional Clark's donut, I decided to see what the Web and research had to say about donut nutrition facts and health. Of course there were health articles and blogs and more of those touting the goodness of donuts, while others like Carla Wolper, a nutritionist at the New York Obesity Research Center who had this to say about the donut, "When it comes to health, the only thing good about them is the hole."
|Krispy Kreme glazed donut = 237 calories.|
Which led me to a search on donuts and medicine. This merely resulted in a listing of donut stores in several towns called Medicine (Medicine Park, OK and Medicine Lodge, KS).
Try, try again. What I did discover was research from the Journal of Humanpsycopharmacology suggesting that "the synergistic effects of caffeine and glucose can benefit sustained attention and verbal memory." (Copyright 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.) A good thing right? Good food equals good thoughts? Not sure that this is what it meant, but if you want to read more go to the Wiley Online Library where the study is printed.
Of course, you can counter that with a study published by the Public Health Nutrition Journal and the US National Library of Medicine, regarding a study by the University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and the University of Navarra, that assessed the relationship between fast foods and processed pastries to a 37% risk increase for depression.
So before you have your Saturday morning run to the local bakery for donuts and coffee, consider this blog.
Today was just some "food for thought." (I couldn't resist.) But you must make your own determination of whether or not when it comes to the illustrious donut, if there is 'Much a Do'nut about Nothing.
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