Monday, January 15, 2007

Tim Horton's - donut versus bagel...

So, this morning I had to go thru more bloodwork - this time over 7 huge vials and Miguel suggested getting something sugary afterwards. It had been a long time since we had gotten anything from Tim Horton's so we headed there on our way home. A bagel sounded better to me so I got both so that all members of the house would be happy with a selection. Then Miguel proceeded to tell me that the donut would be healthier than the bagel.

Yes...you know what happened next. RESEARCH! Who was right?

From their website where they have a pdf.

The Maple filled donut that would have been my donut option has 260 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat.

The "Everything" bagel that I love is 280 calories with 20 calories from fat and 2 grams of fat. The additional addition of cream cheese added a few more fat and calories to the bagel but I had no where near a 1.50 oz serving of the "light" cream cheese. If one added the full 1.50 oz smattering of light cream cheese it would have added an additional 85 calories, 60 from fat and 12 grams of fat.

So from a calorie standpoint, the bagel is more calories and as long as you don't drown it in cream cheese? Healthier than the donut from a fat content. If you add the cream cheese? The calorie and fat intake of the cream filled maple donut is a better choice. (If you don't go for the light cream cheese? Definitely the donut is a better caloric and fat choice, I had no idea regular cream cheese was that high in fat.)

I realized I forgot to list protein...the bagel had 10 grams of protein - a full serving of light cream cheese has 4 grams of protein and the maple filled donut had 4 grams of protein. Making the bagel with or without the cream cheese the better protein option.

:-)

7 comments:

Cyberseaer said...

You didn't included the sugar or carb intake on both. Not that is matters to me, since I have to avoid both, being the diabetic that I am. So thanks Lisa, for offending me by typing about the bagels and donuts that are poison to me (POSION I SAY!!) and are banished from my life forever.

WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

But seriously, sugars and carbs have to be factor in as well. No matter how you look at it, everything is bad for you in one form or the other. So enjoy the treats and forget what is heathlier. Eat a cup of veggies later.

Lisa Renee said...

I'm sorry, not even the bagel is okay for you?

Cyberseaer said...

Nope. I can have Whole wheat bagels, but then I have to stay away from too much butter. But at that point I don't bother with it.

I have been reading the Atkins diet and the theroy makes sense. Lower the carbs and the sugars and the body starts to burn the fat faster. The book does say that you do need to excerise or it won't work right. I haven't started it, but I have lowered my sugar intake (since I have to) and have started excerising a bit. Nothing to get excited about, but more than I have done in the past. I eat more meat, fish, and chicken (not fried) and am eating more veggies (yuck) and less bread and pasta. I have lost about 26 pounds in the last three months.

I need to lose about 75 to 90 more pounds and, hopefully, the diabetis will reverse and maybe my chorlestrol will go to normal and I can stop buying meds and waste my money on debt. ;)

Me4Prez said...

I want a bagel now. I love everything bagels, but we don't have any good bagel places in our area.

I am not much of a donut person. I like granulated sugar donuts, but I used to have them every morning for breakfast in high school

Hooda Thunkit said...

I'd like a REAL bagel, the kind that you have to chew, not the kind a sore set of gums could cut through.

I like hard-crusted breads too.

Alas, I now have to watch the carbs and sugar too...

(still in shock over the "news")

Roland Hansen said...

Hooda Thunkit said, in part:
"I'd like a REAL bagel, the kind that you have to chew, not the kind a sore set of gums could cut through.
I like hard-crusted breads too."

I say DITTO.

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