National Donut Day Invites Fat, Diabetes

David Reddish
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They wonder why our healthcare system is overburdened.

Donut peddlers Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts have announced “National Donut Day” during which both chains will offer free donuts to customers June 5.  The tradition hearkens back to the first World War when the Salvation Army provided free donuts to soldiers in the trenches.  Today, that patriotic tradition soldiers on through commercialism and ill health.

Joining the two major donut chains, a number of supermarkets primarily in the southern United States will also provide free donuts to patrons.  Southern states, statistically speaking, have the highest rates for obesity, diabetes and related disease in the nation.  To add perspective, a single glazed donut from Krispy Kreame contains a whopping 10g of sugar, roughly half the entire daily allowance.

Maybe this is one holiday where fasting should be encouraged!