How Many Calories Are In A Donut? 

Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’ve been trying to watch your weight and be careful about what you eat, but you’re craving the soft, chewy, sugary deliciousness that is a donut.

How Many Calories Are In A Donut?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone, donuts are one of those timeless treats that are a favorite among many of us. 

If you want to find out more about the nutritional values of some popular varieties of donuts on the market, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading below, as we take a look at the calorie content of some of your favorite donuts

Should I Eat A Donut? 

A question that I’m sure many of you have been toying with – should you go ahead and eat that donut that you’ve been craving. The answer is yes, if it’s combined with a properly balanced diet. 

For example, if you’re on a 2000 calorie diet, then the majority of your caloric intake should be dedicated to consuming approximately 150g of protein, and 60g of fat per day.

Vitamins and minerals will need to be consumed to make up a healthy dose of these calories. 

If, after you’ve hit your macros correctly, along with eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, you still have some calories that you can dedicate to some treats, it’s perfectly fine to eat a donut as a snack. 

Is Eating A Donut The Same As Eating Anything Else Calorie Wise? 

The answer to this one is absolutely not. A donut is not a good way to consume your calories as opposed to eating a healthy plate of scrambled eggs with spinach.

While you may lose the same amount of fat as you would from eating both of these in equal measure, you will be missing out on so many nutritional benefits. 

If you don’t give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly, then you’ll end up feeling lethargic and fatigued, and won’t be able to do any exercise.

In addition, eating foods such as donuts that are high in sugar can cause your blood sugar to spike, thus making you feel like you’re hungrier again far quicker than if you’d eaten something dense in protein. 

What Is The Difference Between A Yeast Donut And A Cake Donut? 

If you’ve been searching the net for the calorie content of some popular varieties of donuts, you may have been surprised to discover that plain donuts have more calories than sugar donuts. 

The reason why this is, is because yeast donuts, that tend to have lots of sugar on them, have been made to rise using the aforementioned ingredient, and are therefore more light and fluffy, with less calories.

Cake donuts on the other hand, use baking powder to rise, and have a muffin-like texture.

Because they don’t have any yeast content, they are far more dense and compact. 

Some Popular Donut Varieties

Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the important nutritional aspects of donuts, let’s move on to talk about some popular varieties and how many calories they contain. Keep reading below to find out more about your favorite donuts. 

Plain Donut

These are probably the most popular donuts on the market.

The original, plain, cake-like donut simply can’t be beat, it’s the original that we all know and love.

This one falls into the category of the cake donut because it doesn’t use yeast to rise, and therefore has a slightly higher calorie content despite not having any sugary toppings. 

This donut contains approximately 300 calories per serving.

Sugar Donut 

Moving on to the sugar donut which is also a classic variety that you can find everywhere.

How Many Calories Are In A Donut?

This donut is made with yeast, and so has a slightly lower calorie content.

It has been fried, then tossed in with some sugar and cinnamon to give it the classic sweet taste we all love. 

This donut typically contains around 200 calories per serving. 

Iced Donut

Iced donuts are popular not only for their deliciously sweet flavor, but also for their fun appearance.

Topped with some icing, and then covered with sprinkles, these donuts are a real treat to look at. 

These donuts typically have around 250 calories per serving. 

Glazed Chocolate Donut

Who amongst us can resist the tantalizing temptation of a chocolate glazed donut? Rich, chewy, and delicious, this donut is a real winner.

This donut is, as you probably already guessed, quite high in calories.

Although it has a glazed topping, it is made from a cake-like base which naturally increases the amount of calories. 

These kinds of donuts normally have up to 325 calories per serving. 

Powdered Sugar Donut 

The popular powdered sugar donut is also made from a cake like base, making it naturally higher in calories.

As the name suggests, after they have been fried, they are then tossed in a batch of powdered sugar to give them their frosted appearance. 

These kinds of donuts have approximately 330 calories per serving, just slightly more than their chocolate counterparts. 

Cinnamon Roll 

Although not technically a donut, cinnamon rolls are sometimes viewed interchangeably with the former.

Cinnamon rolls are well known for their high calorie content, with a dense glaze on the outside, along with being filled with butter and brown sugar. 

This one has the highest calorie content on our list, coming in at 335 calories per serving. 

Final Thoughts

Although doughnuts are not the most nutritious food that you could opt for, they can still be enjoyed within the context of a healthy and balanced diet.

If you have eaten an adequate portion of fats and proteins from healthy sources, along with a range of different vitamins and minerals, it’s okay to enjoy these sweet treats from time to time.

Jenna Priestly
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