As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it kick-starts your metabolism and gives you the energy you need to get through the day. As part of a donut and pastry shop located in Monroe, LA, the staff at Donut Palace knows a thing or two about breakfast. This family owned and operated shop offers the area’s premier coffee, croissants, pastries, and, of course, donuts. And while many consider the donut to be a relatively unhealthy breakfast option, especially when compared to its savory cousin, the bagel, it turns out things aren’t always as they seem.
In fact, donuts may even be healthier than bagels as a morning meal. How so? Let’s take a look at these options side by side:
- Caloric Intake: Most people assume the donut isn’t as healthy as your average bagel partly because the former is deep fried. Indeed, there is a heavy caloric intake when you eat a donut, but what’s surprising is bagels are actually comparable. Your average donut will have around 229 calories, and a plain bagel is right there, too, with around 215 calories. However, keep in mind, the average bagel enthusiasts don’t eat their bagels plain.
- Carbohydrates: In this regard, surprisingly, donuts are considered healthier than bagels. One plain bagel contains around 42 grams of carbs, which is both a very high figure and nearly twice as much as you find in your typical donut. While there are some types of carbs considered healthier and some intake essential, the kinds you find in bagels and pastries just aren’t.
- Sodium: In this category, the donut ends up being a better breakfast option as well. Bagels contain, on average, a truly astonishing 443 mg. of sodium, which is about one-third of the daily recommended intake. This should be a consideration, especially if you have hypertension or high blood pressure.
So if it comes down to a choice between a bagel shop and Donut Palace, do the right thing for both your health and your taste buds by choosing the latter. Keep up with this shop online by following the Facebook page, and if you have any questions or would like to make a special order, call (318) 605-4834.