Dieting is a daunting process as it is. There are so many different aspects of food that you need to keep your eye on. Carbs, calories, sodium, fat, sugar, and so much more. There’s no easy way to go on a diet, especially when there are endless amounts of delicious, artery-clogging foods out there. Quite frankly, it’s just not fair.
One health expert recently posted an infographic with some startlingly delicious data:
— Mark Milligan (@MarkMilliganDPT) May 26, 2019
Here’s the chart in full:
Let’s break down what’s happening here:
Essentially, the argument is that one 20oz bottle of Coke contains the same sugar content as 6 full donuts. Of course, donuts and soda aren’t an equal exchange currency because of factors such as way more calories and carbs in a doughnut versus a bottle of soda and so on. Eating three or four donuts isn’t actually any healthier than drinking a bottle of Coke, no matter how tantalizing that proposition sounds.
Naturally, folks on Twitter were quick to point out how this “health expert” had things completely wrong.
This is horrible health communications. A single donut likely has *more* calories than a bottle of Coca Cola, even if it has a lot less sugar. This is the same nonsense as chocolate being advertised as low sugar or wine gums being advertised as “zero fat;” like, seriously? https://t.co/EHvyCMPkB8
— Jens Wiechers (@jwiechers) May 28, 2019
What this tells me is I can have a Coke Zero and six donuts. https://t.co/RzUcPoLYnQ
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) May 27, 2019
I know this is designed to discourage excessive sugar consumption and ideally avoid everything in that pic.
The message I chose to take from it, though? I could trade that drink, that I was gonna have anyway, for 6 donuts! ? https://t.co/Wrby21Eyvx
— Sophia Moreau #studentmotherhood (@MsSMoreau) May 28, 2019
Still, more people were focusing on this newfound freedom to gulp down a half dozen donuts with a fraction of the guilt.
What positive change will you make for your heath today? I am replacing my afternoon Coke with 5 donuts.
Maybe even 4. https://t.co/eSzEAUrrnT
— ⛰️⚾ʀyᴀɴ ʙʟᴜᴍᴇ (@blumerdeluxe) May 28, 2019
So instead of drinking a Coke I can eat 6 donuts?? Bet https://t.co/dC8U553DPS
— Josh Ni (@JoshNi10) May 28, 2019
What I'm getting from this is that doughnuts are far less bad for you than previously thought and that's great because I would totally eat 6 doughnuts. https://t.co/WkNRh7ixNm
— Another Angry Woman (@stavvers) May 28, 2019
What this chart tells me is that if I don't drink a bottle of Coke I can eat 6 donuts thank you sir for bringing this to my attention.https://t.co/4QYdzryvmi
— Karon Liu (@karonliu) May 27, 2019
Also, you don’t even need to complete the sentence, “would you eat six donuts,” before people said the correct answer: “absolutely.”
I would, by all means, eat the fuck out of six donuts https://t.co/nXeZtrH6Ki
— JC Breña (@hulkcarlos) May 28, 2019
bitch I'll eat 60 https://t.co/qzEVBfkCPi
— dr. nadia mohd rasidi (@nrasidi) May 28, 2019
Lol yes https://t.co/XvXoWCWH3M
— Jess Goodwin (@thejessgoodwin) May 28, 2019
So, if we’ve learned anything today, it’s definitely that a half dozen donuts a day keeps the doctor away!