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Mail Time: America Dies On Dunkin

As a company who loves its audience, we keep an open-door email policy. Got a favorite story or a goofy photo? Send it our way, for you may see it on the blog. It doesn’t matter what you have to say, we’ll happily give it a read.

For example, today we received an anonymous email from a throwaway account, which sent us the following picture:

As you can see, that is an overweight zombie wearing a shirt that says America Dies On Dunkin. Quite frankly, I got a good chuckle out of it, because I love anything that pokes fun of big-business advertising campaigns.

But then I thought to myself, How nutritionally bad is Dunkin Donuts And thats when my FrightCatalog productivity dropped and my Dunkin Donuts knowledge exploded.

First, let’s take a look at Dunkin DonutsĀ DDSmart category, which claims to be Better-For-You Choices That Keep You Running. Within this category is the multigrain bagel, the only bagel included in the DDSmart category. Now, since it is part of the DDSmart category, you’d imagine this thing should be great for you, right?


Here are the nutritional facts of the multigrain bagel:

  • 390 calories
  • 8 grams of total fat
  • 0.5 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 grams of cholesterol
  • 560 milligrams of sodium
  • 65 grams of carbohydrates
  • 8 grams of fiber
  • 7 grams of sugar
  • 14 grams of protein

To give you a counter example, here’s a McDonalds hamburger (warning – PDF file):

  • 250 calories
  • 9 grams of fat
  • 3.5 grams of saturated fat
  • 28 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 520 milligrams of sodium
  • 31 grams of carbohydrates
  • 2 grams of fiber
  • 6 grams of sugar
  • 12 grams of protein

As you can see, the hamburger contains less fat and calories than the Dunkin Donuts bagel. Yes, you can argue the bagel needs the calories and carbohydrates to fuel an individual’s exercise, but who buys a bagel and doesn’t put cream cheese on it? For this example, we’ll continue along with Dunkin Donuts low-fat menu selection and use their lite cream cheese product.

In one packet (30 g) of Dunkin Donuts lite cream cheese:

  • 130 calories
  • 11 grams of fat
  • 7 grams of saturated fat
  • 30 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 250 milligrams of sodium
  • 3 grams of carbohydrates
  • 2 grams of sugars
  • 5 grams of protein

Here’s the combined nutritional information for both bagel and lite cream cheese:

  • 520 calories
  • 19 grams of fat
  • 7.5 grams of saturated fat
  • 30 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 810 milligrams of sodium
  • 68 grams of carbohydrates
  • 9 grams of sugar
  • 19 grams of protein


I dont know about you, but these numbers are horrifying. Two hamburgers are about the same as one multigrain bagel and a thing of lite cream cheese. If I ate two McDonalds hamburgers, I’m not running anywhere – I’m heaving like a beached whale under the San Diego sun.

So, anonymous FrightCatalog fan, thanks so much for sending us your photo, for I may have never been inspired to seek out this information. If anyone else has a story or photo they want to share, email me at dale@frightcatalog.com.