Thursday, February 9, 2012

Why Donuts are better than Oatmeal

Sometime long ago, someone dropped flour into the primordial hot oil and up rose the prehistoric donut, and since that time the donut has spread to every corner of the globe.
Most cultures have their own version, from the French Beignet, to the German Berliner, to the Italian Zeppole.  But for the past 200 years, the donut has been a quintessentially American pastry.

Yeast, cake, or filled.  Frosted, glazed, plain, powdered, cream filled, custard filled, jelly filled, fruit filled, coconut, peanut, cinnamon, sour cream, and even chocolate, there’s a taste for everyone.

Here in Wilkesboro we have 3 options, Day-old Fund-Raiser Krispy Kremes, Dunkin Donuts, and now Dixie Donuts.
But very soon, if my doctor has her way, donuts will be off my list.  It seems that as I approach 40, I need to start worrying about my heart, my weight, my colon, and all these other things.  She wants me to eat healthier, more vegetables, less meat, more exercise, less stress, and most of all, more oatmeal.  More oatmeal?  I stopped eating paste in kindergarten!
With this in mind I would like to explain to you why I feel that Donuts are actually better for you than Oatmeal.

Oatmeal CAN BE absolutely delicious! Once you add brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, blueberries, milk, and/or chocolate chips, you have had to doctor it up to the point where it has lost any nutritional value.  Donuts are absolutely delicious.  The only thing you have to add to improve a donut is add another donut.

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Oatmeal is quick, convenient, and relatively inexpensive per serving.  I can’t call ahead my order for Oatmeal.  I have Dixie Donuts on speed dial.  Per serving, Oatmeal is more expensive than a lot of other breakfast foods including eggs and toast.  As for convenience, I can’t drive and eat oatmeal. I can drive and eat a donut.

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Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.  Blah Blah Blah.  Donuts contain wheat which is full of vitamins and minerals, and donuts are great sources for simple carbohydrates which are easy for the body to digest and give you quick energy.

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Oatmeal can help you control your weight.  If you lose weight by skipping breakfast, then yes, oatmeal can help you lose weight.  Any time you skip a meal, your body goes into “fasting mode”. During this fasting, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are all used for energy. Carbohydrates are the number one source of fuel, followed by protein and then fat, and donuts are excellent sources of carbohydrates and fat.

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You probably already have oats in your kitchen.  You probably also have tuna fish, hot sauce, green beans, and salad in your kitchen.  Those wouldn’t make a very good breakfast either.  Oatmeal is a breakfast food.  Donuts can be eaten anytime you’d like, but especially breakfast.  And as an added bonus, you can dunk donuts in coffee.  You can’t dunk oatmeal in coffee.

Oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.  Eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.  A diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure.  The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.  Wow, it’s the miracle food.  But donuts are diet food too.  Donuts have less fat and calories than regular pastries.  Isn’t it obvious? Just look at the hole in the middle.

No recipe today, until next time, I wish you Peace, Love, and Hollandaise Sauce.

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