Earlier this year Dunkin' Donuts announced it would be testing some gluten-free products in a few of it's stores, and now it looks as if by the end of the year, we can expect to see them nationwide at their stores. They will be offering gluten-free cinnamon sugar donuts and gluten-free blueberry muffins that are baked in a dedicated facility and individually packaged to avoid cross-contamination.
After reading Gluten Dude's post this morning, I am in full agreement... I just don't see this as exciting, at least not to me personally. I get it, there are people out there jumping for joy, and I can see how it would be great for special occasions, or for children who are no longer told they can't eat anything there when other kids are able to indulge. Or when your child is at a birthday party watching all of the other kids enjoying donuts. Sure, the donuts may not be warm and freshly baked, but they are something.
But will you eat them?
Maybe, when I was first diagnosed, I would have been in the excited club, and ran over to Dunkin' Donuts to try one, but not now. Mainly, I didn't go to Dunkin' Donuts before I was diagnosed with celiac, so why would I go now? I don't need to be adding something packed with calories, and non-pronounceable ingredients which I wasn't eating in the first place.
And, let's talk a little bit about the calories.... gluten-free items are often higher in fat and sugar so that they can keep up with the gluten-filled counterparts in taste and texture, and this is definitely true with the Dunkin' Donuts offerings. The cinnamon sugar donut will be packed full with 320 calories, which is more than their gluten-filled glazed donuts (260 calories)! Their blueberry muffin will contain 400 calories! I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound like a deal for me. That's a meal's worth or non-nutritious calories.
I have read several announcements online about this new introduction to the gluten-free world, and what gets me, is when the media makes Dunkin' Donuts out to be offering healthier options. This is misleading. Call it what it is...yes, they are providing options for those who are gluten-free, and kudos for that! But, this is not a healthier option. These items are still packed full of sugar, fats and non-pronounceable ingredients, so they can stay "fresh" in their plastic packaging.
The most important thing to realize is that, yes, celebrities might be touting the gluten-free "diet" as a way to loose weight. The new gluten-free donut and muffin at Dunkin' Donuts will not help you loose weight like a celebrity, or even a non-celebrity for that matter.
Is it nice to have a gluten-free alternative when everyone else at the office or a birthday party is able to dig into that warm, jelly-filled donut...sure it is! I am not denying that one bit. But, if you weren't going to eat it before, why would you eat it now.
What are your thoughts on Dunkin' Donuts new gluten-free menu items? Yay, or nay?