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The Dunkin Donuts Halloween Don’t — the Boston Scream Donut

1412743267976Ghosts and goblins are out and about in full swing. Friday is Halloween! What a great season! Horror movies are all around us, in movie theaters and on our television screens. All Hallow’s Eve is upon us, promising some goose-bumps and boos that will be showing up on our doorsteps in just a few short hours!

You don’t need to wait until Friday, though. Some of those “boos” are waiting for us right now at our local fast food locations. Think of them as an “homage to the season.” And Dunkin Donuts has one of the biggest waiting for you.

Say hello to the Boston Scream Donut.

Its appearance is certainly in keeping with the season. It’s an attractive pumpkin shaped smiling donut, complete with orange frosting and filled with tasty cream.

That orange frosting should be giving us our first clue. But let’s start at the beginning — with the all-important nutrition facts.

Calories:                310
Fat:                        16 grams
Saturated Fat:       7 grams
Sugar:                   19 grams

We’ll have to admit these aren’t the worst nutrition facts we’ve ever seen. But we are looking at almost five teaspoons of sugar in one donut. We’re also looking at 35% of our recommended daily intake of saturated fat in that same donut. We could live without that.

Let’s move on to the ingredient list.

Donut: Enriched Unbleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Water, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Whey (a milk derivative), Skim Milk, Yeast, Contains less than 2% of the following: Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda), Defatted Soy Flour, Wheat Starch, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artificial Flavor, Sodium Caseinate (a milk derivative), Enzyme, Colored with (Turmeric and Annatto Extracts, Beta Carotene), Eggs; Bavarian Kreme Filling: Water, Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Corn Syrup, Palm Oil, Contains 2% or less of the following: Natural and Artificial Flavors, Glucono Delta Lactone, Salt, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (Preservatives), Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Agar; Chocolate Icing: Sugar, Water, Cocoa, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Contains 2% or less of: Dextrose, Corn Starch, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Salt, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Agar, Artificial Flavor; Orange Icing: [White Icing: Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less: Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Artificial Flavor, Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Citric Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier); Orange Coloring: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glycerin, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Carrageenan Gum, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid; May Contain FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Blue 2, FD&C Red 3, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 6, FD&C Yellow 5].

Wow, that’s a long list. It’s amazing how many artificial colors are needed to exact that particular shade of orange, isn’t it? It’s also amazing to count how many controversial ingredients are used to create one seemingly simple donut.

Dunkin, FoodFacts.com has decided to find our Halloween screams on our screens instead of in our donuts. We can be frightened by the boogey man and Frankenstein and vampires and zombies without introducing frightening ingredients into our diets. Makes for a much happier Halloween.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/bakery/donuts/donuts.html?DRP_FLAVOR=Boston+Scream+Donut

Dunkin Donuts Celebrates Shark Week

Happy Young Child Eating Doughnut at Coffee ShopThe Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is the longest running cable television programming event in history. Every summer since 1988 we’ve been welcoming programming about sharks — and shark attacks — into our living rooms. Its beginnings as educational television have evolved somewhat over the years with more entertainment-oriented programming.

It’s become so entertainment-oriented that this year, Dunkin Donuts has gotten in on the act. They’ve struck up a partnership with the Discovery Channel, stating in their press release that “this year, Shark Week runs on Dunkin.”

Introducing the Shark Bite donut.

If you’re wondering how on earth Dunkin can bring the flavor of the ocean to a donut — well, thankfully, they didn’t. This one is pure promotion. The Shark Bite donut is simply a yeast donut decorated to look like a life preserver with bright red and white icing. The promotional aspect is a contest inviting customers to “Take a Bite, Take a Pic.” Contestants are asked to share a selfie taking a bite out of their favorite Dunkin breakfast item on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DDSharkWeek to become eligible to win prizes that include a $100 Dunkin Donuts Card and a Shark Week Prize Pack. Selfies will be shared on Shark After Dark, the final evening talk programming closing out each day of Shark Week.

Sounds like fun. But what about that Shark Bite donut?

Sorry, but it’s not as much fun as the contest. Let’s take a look at the ingredient list:

Donut: Enriched Unbleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Water, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Whey (a milk derivative), Skim Milk, Yeast, Contains less than 2% of the following: Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda), Defatted Soy Flour, Wheat Starch, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artificial Flavor, Sodium Caseinate (a milk derivative), Enzyme, Colored with (Turmeric and Annatto Extracts, Beta Carotene), Eggs; White Icing: Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less of: Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Citric Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Artificial Flavor; Red Icing: [White Icing: Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less of: Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Citric Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Artificial Flavor; Red Coloring: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glycerin, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Carrageenan Gum, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid; May Contain FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Blue 2, FD&C Red 3, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 6, FD&C Yellow 5].

In case you don’t feel like counting them out, that’s about 18 controversial ingredients — all for a yeast donut that looks like a life preserver. While FoodFacts.com can’t be sure, we do think there’s a possibility that if a shark took an exploratory bite out of this donut, it might just spit it out.

http://news.dunkindonuts.com/Press-Releases/SHARK-WEEK-RUNS-ON-DUNKIN-DUNKIN-DONUTS-AND-DISCOVERY-CHANNEL-PARTNER-FOR-SOCIAL-PROGRAMMING-DI-4ba.aspx

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/bakery/donuts/donuts.html?DRP_FLAVOR=Shark%20Bite%20Donut

Dunkin Donuts welcomes spring with the Peeps Donut

iStock_000017868525Small.jpgMost of the country is patiently waiting for the sunshine to poke through the clouds and bring the warmer weather we’ve been waiting for. It was a harsh, harsh winter for most and the little we’ve seen of spring has been wet and a bit gloomy so far.

We suppose that might be a reason we’re seeing all sorts of springtime promotions announced. There are more this year than we’ve seen in the past. Dunkin Donuts is getting in on the action, helping to bring us a little more of the springtime with the introduction of the Peeps Donut.

FoodFacts.com has to admit that we were confused by the concept of a Peeps Donut when we first heard about it. Peeps, as just about everyone in the U.S. and Canada knows, are marshmallow candies that are a traditional part of the spring holidays. They are familiarly shaped like chicks and bunnies and are brightly colored in holiday colors like pink, yellow and green. Their popularity has resulted in Christmas Peeps, Halloween Peeps and Summer Peeps all specifically colored to match the season of their release.

Of course, we’re not Peeps fans. All those artificial colors don’t leave us feeling great about the products. But that wasn’t why we were confused. Is the Peeps Donut marshmallow flavored? Could they really have put a Peep on top of a donut? And if they did, why?

We did a little investigating. From what we’re reading, the donut part of the Peeps Donut is not marshmallow flavored. Perhaps it’s supposed to be, but no one actually thinks it is. Yes, Dunkin put a Peep on top of the donut. We really don’t know why. Doesn’t seem like a likely flavor combination to us. And to go a bit further, the Peeps Donuts are iced with the colors of the season — complete with the same artificial colors we don’t care for in the actual Peeps.

So here are the facts:

Calories:                 310
Fat:                        15 g
Saturated Fat:         7 mg
Sugar:                    21 g

The ingredient list is where it really gets interesting:

Donut: Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Palm Oil, Yeast Donut Concentrate [Soy Flour, Pregelatinized Wheat Starch, Salt, Whey (Milk), Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Nonfat Milk, Gum Blend (Cellulose, Guar, Acacia, Carrageenan, Xanthan), Sodium Caseinate (Milk), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Eggs, Soybean Oil, Annatto (Color), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Turmeric (Color)], Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Yeast, Mono and Diglycerides; Strawberry Flavored Icing: Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less of: Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Citric Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Red 40; Green Icing: [White Icing: Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Contains 2% or less: Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Corn Starch, Artificial Flavor, Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Citric Acid, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier); Green Coloring: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glycerin, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Carrageenan Gum, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid; May Contain FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Blue 2, FD&C Red 3, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 6, FD&C Yellow 5]. Topping May Include: Yellow Peep: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Contains less than 0.5% of the following ingredients: Yellow 5, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavors, Carnauba Wax. Pink Peep: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Contains less than 0.5% of the following ingredients: Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavors, Red 3, Carnauba Wax.

The donut itself contains something Dunkin refers to as a “gum blend.” Not sure what that’s about. No matter which color icing and Peep you choose, you’ll be treated to high fructose corn syrup, carrageenan, and a plethora of artificial food coloring, among other ingredients we don’t particularly like. Not to mention the fact that Peeps contain carnauba wax, with which we’d rather polish our cars than actually eat.

All things considered, we’ll find a different way to celebrate spring.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/bakery/donuts/donuts.html?DRP_FLAVOR=PeepsDonut

Hold the fries and reduce the risk of prostate cancer

FoodFacts.com has never been a fan of fried food, especially those from fast food chains. There are plenty of reasons … high fat and sodium content and a variety of controversial ingredients being a few. Today we read some new information regarding deep fried foods that should give everyone pause before deciding to dig in.

Coming out of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research center, a new study is showing a link between regular consumption of deep-fried foods, like french-fries, fried chicken and doughnuts and a higher risk for prostate cancer. In addition, this association seems to be a bit stronger in regards to more aggressive forms of the disease.

Deep-fried food consumption any more than once a week may raise prostate cancer risk. Men who indicated that they eat French fries, fried chicken, fried fish or doughnuts at least once a week were at an increased risk for prostate cancer in comparison to those men who said they ate these foods less than once a month.

In fact, men who reported eating one or more of these foods more than once weekly showed an increased prostate cancer risk from 30 to 307%. And that weekly consumption was associated with a more aggressive form of the cancer. Researchers considered factors like age, race, family cancer history, and BMI when figuring the association.

It is thought that deep frying may incite the formation of carcinogens in food. When oil is heated to the proper temperature for deep frying carcinogenic compounds can form. These would include acrylamide which is found in carb-heavy foods like French fries, heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which form when meats are cooked at high temperatures, aldehyde (a compound found in perfumes) and acrolein which is a chemical in herbicides. All of these compounds are toxic and increase with the recycling of the oils used for frying (a common practice in fast food restaurants). In addition, foods cooked at high temperatures contain high levels of advanced glycation endproducts, known as AGEs. These have been linked to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. Deep fried foods contain among the highest levels of AGEs.

This new study reviewed data from prior studies that involved over 1500 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and over 1400 healthy men of similar age. All of the men involved were Caucasian and African-American from the Seattle area. They ranged in age from 25 to 74. Participants filled out questionnaires about their usual food choices, including deep-fried foods. While deep-fried foods have previously been linked with other cancers, including breast, lung, pancreas, head, neck and esophagus, none had ever looked at the risks they may pose for prostate cancer.

The study acknowledges that deep-fried foods are usually eaten outside the home, and therefore may point to a high consumption of fast foods in relationship to the development of prostate cancer.

FoodFacts.com wants to reiterate that every consumer should think twice before sitting down to a meal at a fast food restaurant. Fast food meals contain too many controversial additives to count, contain tremendous levels of fat and sodium, and because the deep-fried options are cooked at high heat levels, can contain carcinogenic compounds that have been linked to numerous forms of cancer … prostate cancer being the most recent association. It’s really not worth it.

Read more here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130128142849.htm