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A Healthier Dunkin' Donuts Near You

A Healthier Dunkin' Donuts Near You

People have been demanding healthier fare at restaurants these days and an unlikely hero has stepped up to the plate.

Dunkin' Donuts has added an entire new section to their menu called DDSmart. The new, healthier fare is supposed to have 25 percent fewer calories and less sugar, fat, and sodium compared to other products not on the DDSmart menu. And it should also contain ingredients that are nutritionally beneficial —a big departure from their traditional menu items . . . donuts.

From flatbread sandwiches to lite beverages (including coffees and smoothies), I'm pleased to see DDSmart added to the menu and would like to give it a try. What do you think? Will you be testing it out or should Dunkin' Donuts stick to making the donuts?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
It's all marketing hype. They figure they'll sell you a "healthy" sandwich so people feel like they can indulge in a treat later...like, say, a donut.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 7 years
Thanks Chocolatine. =)I was thinking about this after I posted and realized just the two examples I gave would be 770 calories together, which is probably half the amount most of the girls here eat in a whole day. I dunno about the rest of you, but if I ordered a muffin & a smoothie I'd think I was having a "small" breakfast, more like a snack that would hold me until lunch than a meal. I'd have NO idea that I was eating the equivalent of a huge meal.I'm glad that Fit posts this kind of news, and I will admit the breakfast sandwiches look like a decent compromise when confronted with having to choose from fast food, but we all need to do our homework and figure out what's actually acceptable and what is simply labeled as "healthy".
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 7 years
Thanks Chocolatine. =) I was thinking about this after I posted and realized just the two examples I gave would be 770 calories together, which is probably half the amount most of the girls here eat in a whole day. I dunno about the rest of you, but if I ordered a muffin & a smoothie I'd think I was having a "small" breakfast, more like a snack that would hold me until lunch than a meal. I'd have NO idea that I was eating the equivalent of a huge meal. I'm glad that Fit posts this kind of news, and I will admit the breakfast sandwiches look like a decent compromise when confronted with having to choose from fast food, but we all need to do our homework and figure out what's actually acceptable and what is simply labeled as "healthy".
chocolatine chocolatine 7 years
Completely agree with Deadly Lemur. Please everyone keep in mind that the first priority of fast food chains is to make money, and to do that they'll use the hottest marketing trends of the moment. They really don't care about your health, they just want you to keep spending your money in their branches. I was also appalled about the presentation of the muffin as "healthy". 400 calories are too much for breakfast for many people, and the HCFC means you'll be hungry again in an hour. Never let food manufacturers tell you what's "healthy" - look at the ingredients and decide for yourself.
chocolatine chocolatine 7 years
Completely agree with Deadly Lemur. Please everyone keep in mind that the first priority of fast food chains is to make money, and to do that they'll use the hottest marketing trends of the moment. They really don't care about your health, they just want you to keep spending your money in their branches.I was also appalled about the presentation of the muffin as "healthy". 400 calories are too much for breakfast for many people, and the HCFC means you'll be hungry again in an hour. Never let food manufacturers tell you what's "healthy" - look at the ingredients and decide for yourself.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
Perfect!!!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
Perfect!!!
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
I haven't read their ingredients in their iced coffees but have you ever read the ingredients in McD's? Seriously, there's some weird-o stuff in there! Maybe it's just me, but when I want iced coffee I want coffee + ice. No weirdo chemicals.
ajnbartlett ajnbartlett 7 years
That is great news. I don't think I'll be trying it out anytime soon, but I think this is a step in the right direction.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 7 years
yeah i don't trust them at ALL. call me paranoid but i feel like its one big conspiracy and they'll inject the food with donut fat. no but seriously, they've uncovered that in almost all fast food restaurants, everything that is advertised as healthy as BARELY any 'smarter' than the other, regular choices so- i might have a lite coffee but that sandwich is giving me the evil eye.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 7 years
lol
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 7 years
lol
Matamoros Matamoros 7 years
DD Smart? They're joking right? If you're smart, you stay the hell out of Dunkin' Donuts and go to the gym. There is nothing smart in Dunkin' Donuts. Nothing.
Rebecca14916991 Rebecca14916991 7 years
I've had the flatbread sandwich. It's really good, I gotta say, but it's also a LOT of sandwich. Not sure how many calories are actually getting cut if you eat the whole thing.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 7 years
Their idea of healthy is probably not in line with what most of you here would call healthy. They put a "reduced fat blueberry muffin" on the list, and sure it's only got 5g fat, but the 78g carbs, 33g sugar, 480mg sodium & 400 calories probably puts it squarely in the "freakin' horrible for you" category. Their muffin has HFCS in it. HFCS! The fat in muffins is NOT what makes them unhealthy, even the regular varieties. The "reduced calorie berry smoothie" (reduced from *what*?) is still 370 calories! How the hell is 370 calories in a DRINK considered "reduced calorie"? I don't think 73g carbs & 62g sugar are part of the breakfast of champions either. The damn smoothie has more calories than any of the breakfast sandwiches on the same "healthy" menu. I call shenanigans on this one. Don't believe the hype. Ever.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 7 years
Their idea of healthy is probably not in line with what most of you here would call healthy. They put a "reduced fat blueberry muffin" on the list, and sure it's only got 5g fat, but the 78g carbs, 33g sugar, 480mg sodium & 400 calories probably puts it squarely in the "freakin' horrible for you" category. Their muffin has HFCS in it. HFCS! The fat in muffins is NOT what makes them unhealthy, even the regular varieties.The "reduced calorie berry smoothie" (reduced from *what*?) is still 370 calories! How the hell is 370 calories in a DRINK considered "reduced calorie"? I don't think 73g carbs & 62g sugar are part of the breakfast of champions either. The damn smoothie has more calories than any of the breakfast sandwiches on the same "healthy" menu.I call shenanigans on this one. Don't believe the hype. Ever.
mkms78 mkms78 7 years
I LOVE the fact that fast food and chain restaurants are starting to cater to people who care about their health and do not eat 1,000 calorie meals for lunch. I love iced coffee and think they are just as good or not better, lite and sugar free.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 7 years
I love DD iced coffee and lattes, so I may try a lite one. I don't get them much anymore though. And I haven't had one of their breakfast sandwiches in quite awhile, but when I did...it was always their ham, egg and cheese on an English Muffin and most of the time I nixed the cheese. I would go for an egg white and ham on english muffin sandwich! My DD has a multi grain bagel that is also really good.
itsme3683 itsme3683 7 years
I think it's a good idea for when you're in a pinch and you need something quick. I mean, like alenka, I'm a little skeptical (healthier in comparison to a doughnut isn't really saying much), but I like the idea of having it separate--at least they're trying! That said, I couldn't go into a DD to try it because I've been craving doughnuts like CRAZY lately and bad, bad things could happen if I went in lol!
itsme3683 itsme3683 7 years
I think it's a good idea for when you're in a pinch and you need something quick. I mean, like alenka, I'm a little skeptical (healthier in comparison to a doughnut isn't really saying much), but I like the idea of having it separate--at least they're trying!That said, I couldn't go into a DD to try it because I've been craving doughnuts like CRAZY lately and bad, bad things could happen if I went in lol!
alenka alenka 7 years
Idk. I'm doubtful about their idea of healthy. For instance their bagels, they have no whole wheat, just simple wheat which really isn't much healthier, just cheaper to produce. I wonder how they get around making thing "healthier", I'm not so sure about it.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 7 years
This is great! I love Dunkin Donuts!!!
bythesea bythesea 7 years
The egg white & turkey flatbread looks really good!
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