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The Donut Vs. the Bagel

Published by jillymaries in Food
February 8th, 2007

The debate of the century: The donut vs. the bagel. We shall discuss the pros, the cons, and the temptations of these savory carbo-licious snacks.

The key question that started the unofficial case between donuts and bagels is a very straightforward one: Why do police officers eat donuts? Yet, this seemingly simple question has developed quickly into something much more complex: Which is truly better, in all senses, the donut or the bagel? This latter question is the true uncertainty behind this full-fledged debate. The goal is to verify the better snack, or rather, for some, the better meal.

This very complex question can be reciprocated into its original form, “why police officers eat donuts,” when supporting the defendant, the bagel. One common reason officers of the law cite with when queried about their donut eating habits is that “donuts have accessibility and are a good on-the-go food.” Though this might have been true in the pre-Starbuck’s days, it does not prove true any longer. The number of Dunkin’ Donuts decreases with the building of each new Starbuck’s, Caribou Coffee, and Einstein Bagel. To find a bagel shop or coffee house that sells bagels has become a much less arduous task than finding a Yum-Yums. Donut shops, predicted to become extinct within the next five years, are deciding to jump on the bandwagon and convert to a more appealing line of food. These are the intelligent entrepreneurs. It is impossible for anyone, in any part of the world, to claim they have had limited accessibility to a bagel-selling store. This does not prove true for donut shops.

Another apparent reason to choose the eloquent bagel over the messy donut is a reason never overlooked: calories. Consider the nutritional value of a bagel, and compare it to the less impressive repertoire of a donut. One should not be stunned by the results. Even without donut accessories, such as chocolate frosting, rainbow sprinkles, and custard filling, the sugar in a single donut is enough to make anyone’s teeth gritty. The fat gram count in a donut approaches the national debt. Often associated with the donut is the paczki. Eating a mere six of this close second cousin instantly makes the binger a full pound heavier. With what this world is coming to, this dooming fate of overwhelming calories could soon be shared with the donut.

Quite obviously, the bagel has the upper hand, without even considering the cost of the scrumptious pastries. A generic bagel, whether it be plain, salt, onion, or raisin, is a mere fifty cents, though closer to sixty if cream cheese is what you so desire. The donut, on the other hand, is closing in on a dollar and a half, almost three times as much as the bagel. Anyone short on time and money, but not on pounds, will be sure to support the defendant. The bagel, obviously the favorite, reigns again over the disadvantageous donut.

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  1. monkeylake
    Posted October 26, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Where do you get your stats? no bagel in my neck of the woods is 50 cents or 60 with cream cheese…..that would be my donut prices! donuts at 1.50 a pop……where? not here in northern CA

  2. peaceful
    Posted April 24, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Please don’t forget to laugh, folks! :) Bagels and Donuts are inherently funny breadstuffs! :)

  3. ppl_cheryl63
    Posted April 25, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Wow an entire post based on a stereotype with no thought to dispelling the stereotype. To many Hollywood movies with scenes of cops sitting in their cruiser eating donuts and drinking coffee. At least find a factual premise first. And I have the inside track on cop eating habits since I’m a retired dispatcher. Mention coffee and donuts to a real cop and you better pray he has a sense of humor.

  4. Kiefer Wolfe
    Posted May 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    WOW, Jim Furman needs to get his facts straight. The calories, fat, carbs, and protein all depend on the type of bagel you get. A whole bagel from Fred Meyers bakery has
    .5g sat. fat
    og of trans fat
    200 calories
    42g of carbs
    1.5g of total fat
    You see Jim, bagels are healthy for not to mention high in protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. It’s the cream cheese that will make it like a doughnut.

    Now, Jim I’m going to teach you a lesson in research and Nutrition. A cake glazed doughnut from Dunkin’ Doughnuts has the following
    330 calories
    0g trans fats
    9g. of saturated fats
    13g. of Total fat
    38g. of carbs
    18g. of sugar

    OH YEAH JIM, doughnuts are waaaayyyyyy healthier.

  5. bagle vs donuts.com
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    me and my friend jeremy are close to starting an internet webisode called bagles vs donuts its supposed to be a comedy but, I am glad people are getting into this debate in 3 months you should check out are web site bagles vs donuts.com

  6. Davemarks
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Worst article I\’ve ever read, Bias?

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