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    Friday
    Aug142009

    America Dies on Dunkin'

    Donuts are big business - Americans eat about 10 billion of the things every year.  At about 300 calories per donut (not taking into account all of the possible toppings), that's a LOT of potential for becoming overweight.

    A Florida doctor, who WAS employed by the Bay County (FL) Health Department, was recently told to resign or be fired after he posted a sign that read, "America Dies on Dunkin'."  While the sign might be amusing at first glance, a pair of lawyers (who had recently purchased a Dunkin' franchise) and the County Commissioner (who incidentally owns a coffee and donut shop) took issue with the tirade. (Source)

    Let's not overlook the obvious here - donuts are harmful to one's health.  According to the Dunkin' Donuts website, the 320 calorie glazed cake donut gets 50% of its calories from fat with 8g of saturated fat.  The 18 grams of sugar are nothing to sneeze at.  When you figure that most people eat at least 2 of these things with fatty toppings on them, it may indeed be true that "America Dies on Dunkin'."  At the very least, America gets fat on Dunkin'.

    The doctor was making a very salient point.  Perhaps he was a bit militant in his approach to informing the masses, but the core of the message he was promoting is worth taking seriously.  One donut every once in a while is probably not a bad thing, but overindulging will have consequences that will be seen clinging to the hips, thighs, and buttocks of those who eat too many.

    Be well!

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    Reader Comments (1)

    Don't forget clinging to the walls of your arteries! This is a perfect example of "killing the messenger".

    August 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

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