Let’s face it. We’ve all gone on a diet at some point in our lives. Sometimes it’s frustrating. It can be discouraging. Most of these feelings are due to the wonderful array of snacks, sweets and other fatty delicious foods that beckon us.
They are everywhere we turn! They are unavoidable. And unless you’re packing a reserve of will power every day, you might fall weak.
Recently, a health expert posted this infographic on Twitter. It represents the differences between eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts or drinking a 20 oz soda.
— Mark Milligan (@MarkMilliganDPT) May 26, 2019
At first glance, you may think, “Whoa! There are 6 doughnuts packed into one soda?” That’s a lot of sugar. But most of us may say, “Damn, I’d rather have the doughnuts.”
But looking more carefully, you’ll find this comparison doesn’t add up. Take these Twitter responses for example.
This is horrible health communications. A single donut likely has *more* calories than a bottle of Coca Cola, even if it has a lot less sugar. This is the same nonsense as chocolate being advertised as low sugar or wine gums being advertised as "zero fat;" like, seriously? https://t.co/EHvyCMPkB8
— Jens Wiechers (@jwiechers) May 28, 2019
Yeah, is that how it works tho?
What this tells me is I can have a Coke Zero and six donuts. https://t.co/RzUcPoLYnQ
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) May 27, 2019
Not the intended outcome…
I know this is designed to discourage excessive sugar consumption and ideally avoid everything in that pic.
The message I chose to take from it, though? I could trade that drink, that I was gonna have anyway, for 6 donuts! 🤯 https://t.co/Wrby21Eyvx
— Sophia Moreau #studentmotherhood (@MsSMoreau) May 28, 2019
Sophia is right. The Health Expert’s end game was meant to discourage the overconsumption of sugar, which we can all agree on. But he should have taken some time to research this infographic.
I’ve taken the liberty in analyzing this to help put this in perspective.
Here are the nutritional labels for said doughnut versus that of a 20 oz Coca-Cola.
Pay attention to the sugars and calories in this example.
- For every one doughnut consumed you rack up 250 calories and 22 grams of sugar.
- Multiply this by 6 (like in the infographic) and you end up with 1,500 calories / 132 sugars.
- Hmmmm. Doesn’t add up to the coke weighing in at 240 calories / 65 sugars.
So here is the issue: The infographic should state that you can consume only 3 doughnuts to equal the amount of sugar in an ice cold Coke.
But most Twitter users didn’t even care about that. They simply want doughnuts. And I can’t blame them! Besides, doughnuts actually have some nutritional value. Like protein and iron. Where the sad little Coca-Cola has none.
So instead of drinking a Coke I can eat 6 donuts?? Bet https://t.co/dC8U553DPS
— Josh Ni (@JoshNi10) May 28, 2019
What this chart tells me is that if I don't drink a bottle of Coke I can eat 6 donuts thank you sir for bringing this to my attention.https://t.co/4QYdzryvmi
— Karon Liu (@karonliu) May 27, 2019
I would, by all means, eat the fuck out of six donuts https://t.co/nXeZtrH6Ki
— JC Breña (@hulkcarlos) May 28, 2019
The thing to remember here is doughnuts are awesome and you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet.