A New Way to Get Fat in Sweden


Perfect for weight gain

Soon there will be another fast-food chain that can spread the obesity epidemic in Sweden. American Dunkin’ Donuts – most famous for its addictive and sugar-laden donuts – is now on track to open 30 restaurants in Sweden:

The Wall Street Journal: Dunkin’ Brands to Expand into Sweden

It’s hard to imagine worse news for the average weight in Sweden. Hopefully the welcome will be lukewarm.


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  1. Lori Miller
    Hi Joe, I'm donating $1 to Heifer International for every troll comment I read. Heifer International provides needy people with livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs (animals that provide the ingredients for bacon, butter and cheese) and training to take care of them. Have a great day!
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  2. PatrickP
    I think occasional indulgences on special occasions is absolutely part of a healthy life. Like toasting with champagne. You shouldn't do it every day, but on NYE or at a wedding it makes perfect sense and it's just a drop in the bucket when measured against am otherwise super healthy diet.
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  1. Murray
    Let's hope it fizzles. Krispy Kreme opened an outlet near us and it went under within a year. So did a place that sold "funnel cakes." But then a yogurty's opened and it is thriving. They sell low-fat (that is, high sugar) yoghurt only, so people are duped into thinking it's healthy food, and then sell candy toppings by weight. It is frightening how much people heap on in large cups of yoghurt. Worse than doughnuts I imagine.
  2. tz
    At least here in the US, they also have breakfast sandwiches. I usually get.a.sausage and cheese between two eggs. And they have full fat cream in their coffee (which is mild, not.incinerated like.Starbucks). I'd.guess I'm getting 3 oz of.cream out of the 20+oz XL. (Too early for.me.to convert to metric - I haven't had my coffee)

    Donuts at least are visible. The bigger problem is the healthy menu loaded with starch and sugar.

    Reply: #4
  3. Eddie Mitchell
    If I had my way, each box would have a Skull and Crossbones poison warning clearly visible. No one needs this junk.


  4. Lori Miller
    OT, but that's the perfect description of Starbuck's coffee: incinerated.
  5. PatrickP
    Dunkin Donuts is also returning to California this year after a 30 year absence. I'm not sure how they'll do. The large Winchell's Donuts chain is now almost extinct and Krispy Kream's expansion here 15 years ago was a flop. But there are still many independently owned donut shops.

    I have happy memories of donuts. :-) We used to get "breakfast in bed" on our birthdays. My mom and all my siblings would walk into the bedroom singing happy birthday carrying a tray with a sugary cereal, orange juice, and a donut. We got to pick the cereal and the donut! Such happy memories. My parents would also take us to McDonald's for dinner on our birthdays. However, the sugary cereal, donuts, and McDonald's happened ONCE a year. Please don't stone me, but I think they can still be part of a healthy lifestyle if they are rare treats.

    Reply: #7
  6. Lee from Norwalk, CT
    The coffee is excellent at DD, and you get real half and half or cream (depends on where you are) for it.

    I eat the ham and eggs sandwich without the bread (bagel, English muffin, or croissant) and my husband can get what he wants, so it's a good choice when we're traveling.

    They'll even give you cream cheese without the bagel if you ask and only charge you for the cc.

    Love tz's description of Starbucks coffee!

  7. Victor

    Not to stone you (well, not really), but donuts are never part of a healthy lifestyle.

    I will allow that they can be a rare treat, but this would be an intentional break from the healthy lifestyle. Donuts are about as healthy as eating chocolate frosted cake for breakfast.

    Replies: #11, #12
  8. Ken
    While vacationing on Cape Cod, we stopped for coffee at DD...my guess is they dumped a quarter cup of sugar into the regular sized coffee we ordered.
  9. michelle
    I wouldn't have touched those doughnuts even before I went paleo; they look truly evil.
  10. Justin
    Just in time for National Doughnut Day!

    In all seriousness, their coffee IS tasty and cheap.

  11. PatrickP
    I think occasional indulgences on special occasions is absolutely part of a healthy life. Like toasting with champagne. You shouldn't do it every day, but on NYE or at a wedding it makes perfect sense and it's just a drop in the bucket when measured against am otherwise super healthy diet.
    Reply: #36
  12. Joe
    Neither are bacon cheese or butter!
    Reply: #18
  13. Ted Hutchinson
    Ivor Cummins has a detailed video explaining the role of
    SUGAR as a primary Root Cause of Metabolic Syndrome and the Obesity/Diabetes Epidemic
    You may also enjoy his new lecture on
    The Cholesterol Conundrum - and Root Cause Solution
  14. Sue
    wrong link for the second one Ted
    Reply: #16
  15. James Suntres
    My dad ran a donut shop (spelt "doughnut" back when I was a kid in the early 1960s). Okay, it had the wheat, it had the sugar. But our doughnuts were made with real eggs, and real chocolate. They were fried in animal fat. Maybe not part of a LCHF diet, but nothing like the chemical-laden crap on offer today!
  16. Ted Hutchinson
    Sorry should have checked The Cholesterol Conundrum - and Root Cause Solution this should work.
    It's nearly 2 hours of fairly dense science based explanation. Which may be somewhat overwhelming if you are new to the topic. However it is logical so best watched in sequence. If you sign into You Tube it remembers where you've got to so you can break the video into smaller sessions and carry on from where you left off more easily.
  17. Paul the rat
    Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]
    Physical Activity Offsets the Negative Effects of a High Fructose Diet.
    Bidwell AJ1, Fairchild TJ, Redmond J, Wang L, Keslacy S, Kanaley JA.
    Author information

    To determine the interaction between a high fructose diet and PA levels on postprandial lipidemia and inflammation in normal weight, recreationally active individuals.
    Twenty-two men and women (age: 21.2 ± 0.6 yrs; BMI = 22.5 ± 0.6 kg/m) consumed an additional 75 g of fructose for 14 days on two separate occasions: high physical activity (∼12,500 steps/day: FR+Active) and low PA (∼ 4,500 steps/day; FR+Inactive). A fructose-rich test meal was given prior to and at the end of each intervention. Blood was sampled at baseline and for 6 h after the meal for triglycerides (TG), very-low density lipoproteins (VLDL), total cholesterol (TC), glucose, insulin, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6) and c-reactive protein (CRP).
    Log transformed TG AUC significantly increased from pre (10.1 ± 0.1 mg/dL x min for 6 h) to post (10.3 ± 0.08 mg/dL x min for 6 h; p = 0.04) in the FR+Inactive intervention with an 88% increase in Δpeak[TG] (p=0.009) and an 84% increase in Δpeak[VLDL] (p=0.002). Δpeak[IL-6] also increased by 116% after FR+Inactive intervention (p=0.009). Insulin tAUC significantly decreased after FR+Active intervention (p=0.04) with no change in AUC after the FR+Inactive intervention. No changes were observed in glucose, TNF-α and CRP concentrations (p>0.05).
    Low physical activity during a period of high fructose intake augments fructose-induced postprandial lipidemia and inflammation while high PA minimizes these fructose-induced metabolic disturbances. Even within a young healthy population, maintenance of high PA (>12500 steps/day) decreases susceptibility to cardiovascular risk factors associated with elevated fructose consumption.

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  18. Lori Miller
    Hi Joe, I'm donating $1 to Heifer International for every troll comment I read. Heifer International provides needy people with livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs (animals that provide the ingredients for bacon, butter and cheese) and training to take care of them. Have a great day!
    Reply: #19
  19. Francois
    Thanks Lori. Great idea. I was about to make a very sarcastic comment to Joe. I'll pass, as you said it all quite gracefully. Hopefully, your noble idea will not call in too many trollish comments. There were quite a few posts where trolls commented. it could get expensive! But I love the idea.
    Reply: #20
  20. Lori Miller
    Thanks for your support, Francois. LC has saved me money--no more cavities, Nexium or trips to the chiropractor!
    Reply: #21
  21. Galina L.
    You could also add less money spent on a skin care. Lori looks better at 45 than at 20 http://relievemypain.blogspot.com/2014/02/im-45-and-grateful.html with a radiant wrinkles free skin and gorgeous hair.
    Most of us who don't avoid butter, cheese and bacon are grateful to our food choices not only for improved health and lost fat, but also for the preserved appearance, unlike Bill Clinton who is much thinner now than before, but looks frail and 10 years older than his age. .
    Reply: #22
  22. Lori Miller
    Thanks for the kind words, Galina. At one time, I had cystic acne and from my mid-teens, I took every acne medication there was and did a lot of extra skin care. On a LCHF, vitamins and mostly dairy-free diet (dairy except butter in any meaningful amount still gives me pimples at 45), I don't need nearly the amount of skin care I used to.
    Reply: #23
  23. Galina L.
    People continue to think that pimples are the youth issue. Rosacea is the one of many underdiagnosed conditions, in most people it manifests itself as a face redness, but for some it is a Papulopustular rosacea which looks like an adult case of acne. My personal opinion is that a Rosacea belongs to a large family of autoimmune conditions, and it is logical to have the less or no symptoms of it on a LC diet. If asthma or eczema got better, why not rosacea? BTW, it looks for me that Bill Clinton has a rosacea too.
    My opinion is that eating fats, especially grassfed butter(vitamin K2) and coconut oil (very good types of fats) is very important for the immune health, but the fat/carbohydrates combination is the unhealthy one. My choice at the moment is - carbs limitation. I feel sorry for the people who choose to limit fats.
    Reply: #26
  24. Emory
    Glad we can help by sending DD your way. The only good thing about them is their coffee though I do have fond memories of having a donut (before low carb lifestyle) and coffee in the morning on the way to work.
    Maybe, they can come up with an actual low carb donut...though I doubt it.
  25. Mark
    Might be interesting to repeat this experiment with glactose.
    There's a persistent myth that fructose (and galactose) are (somehow) converted into glucose.
    Whilst this results clearly show hepatic lipogenesis they don't show any evidence of such sugar "conversion".
    Replies: #32, #38
  26. Mark
    One of the effects of insulin is to cause fats in circulating lipoproteins to be taken up by adipose cells and stay there. Hence it is called a "fat storage hormone". Most dietary carbohydrates contain glucose which stimulates insulin release. With those richest in glucose being most likely to be labeled "healthy"...
  27. Marcy
    Galina, I used to have Rosacea all through my 30's and 40's. Then in my 50's I went on the LCHF lifestyle and guess what, no rosacea since then. I always just assumed I had 'aged out' of the affliction! Thanks for that bit of useful information.
    Replies: #28, #29
  28. Emory
    That is terrific news! My guess is that it would be do the clean eating that is indicative of a lc diet. Not only are you giving the processes that trigger the condition a rest, but you are likely eliminating a number of additives and chemicals that are in many high carb foods.
  29. Galina L.
    You are welcome, Marcy. Most people are getting redder with age, and "aging into" rosacea is more wide spread scenario than "aging out" of it according to my field observations (and people often ignore ocular rosacea - irritated eyes). My rosacea is much better now than before, but I still have to be careful - I cover my face from sun, avoid foods which cause the flush (chocolate, spices, wine, tomato sauces, citruses, smoked meats), Florida is my place of residence now, and our sun is really strong. Roascea could be a sensitive indicator of something being wrong for your body, I noticed I can get redder next morning after a stressful day, or after taking painkiller or antibiotic. I suspect aspirin is the substance to be avoided for the people with all types of rosacea.
    When it comes to diets, most of the time weight loss is reported, or better management of serious health issues like diabetes, epilepsy, GERD, asthma, while more subtle conditions get ignored like better skin, less face redness, or even forgetting about such invisible for others thing as a vaginal yeasts infection .
  30. Marcy
    Thank you Emory, and I am sure you are correct about all the additives and chemicals in the crappy food I was eating. Galina, again I think you are on to something regarding the aspirin and GERD. I had an ulcer from using aspirin and Ibuprofen. I have been ulcer free since I stopped using these drugs. I used to live in Florida and now live in Colorado, which also has very intense sun. I do try to shun the sun as much as possible since it just doesn't work with my skin and body type.
    Reply: #31
  31. Galina L.
    When it comes to aspirin, I am more concerned about the effect of taking that drag on allergies. It is widely recommended as a daily pill to prevent a heart attack, and in my opinion it will increase the susceptibility of a human body to allergies. People mostly pay attention on the substances which cause severe and quick reaction, but ignore things which, for example, slowly make their face slightly redder day by day.
  32. murray
    Mark, pure fructose has a glycemic index of about 20, so it raises blood glucose somehow. Feinman and Fine have a paper setting out the metabolic pathway in the liver to convert fructose into glucose. So some amount of conversion of fructose to glucose is possible and it happens in at least some circumstances. The issue, I suppose, is determining when such conversion occurs and at what rate.
    Reply: #33
  33. Emory
    While pure fructose does have GI of 20 it poses problems as it get processed in the liver.

    When too much fructose enters the liver, the liver can't process it all fast enough for the body to use as sugar. Instead, it starts making fats from the fructose and sending them off into the bloodstream as triglycerides.
    Fructose ends up circumventing the normal appetite signaling system, so appetite-regulating hormones aren't triggered--and you're left feeling unsatisfied. This is probably at least part of the reason why excess fructose consumption is associated with weight gain.
    There is growing evidence that excess fructose consumption may facilitate insulin resistance, and eventually Type 2 Diabetes. However, some of this effect may be from chemicals in soda which reacts with the high fructose corn syrup.
    Of course, the best way to take in fructose is by eating a small piece of fruit and in my opinion, with some form of fat such as peanut, cashew or almond butter.

    Reply: #34
  34. murray
    I am curious as to the basis for your thinking on having fat with fructose. I recall Lustig (or Davis?) gives the opposite opinion, namely, that it is bad to combine fat and fructose and that nuts are an exception among unprocessed foods.
  35. Emory
    I would do it...and do, simply to slow the absorption rate. Peanut butter with dates, banana with full fat yogurt, etc. I don't use pure fructose nor products with fructose added. The amount in fresh fruit is negligible if eaten in moderation.
  36. Boundless
    > I think occasional indulgences on special occasions is absolutely part of a healthy life.

    One needs to have full awareness of the consequences. For a grain-free LCHF'er, eating one Dunkin Donut a month would be like an ex-smoker having one cigarette a month. Apart from the immediate health hazards (wheat re-exposure reactions can be acute), it's apt to trigger significant craving problems.

    In the particular case of donuts, it's a completely needless cheat. It's pretty easy to whip up paleo donuts that you could eat all day long with zero ill effects.

    Looking at the ingredients for the US flavors of DDs, they are almost 100% pure toxin:
    - gluten-bearing grains, principally wheat
    - sugars (dithered to float them lower in the list)
    - PUFA oils
    - soy products
    No apparent transfats, at least.

    Wheat is addictive and high glycemic. Between it and the sugar, it will screw up your HbA1c, triglycercides and small LDL particles for some time after consumption.

    With any luck, DD has picked precisely the incorrect moment to launch this junk in Sweden.

    Reply: #37
  37. Paul the rat
    Totally agree with Boundless, why would you put a toxin into your body even if it is once a month PatrickP ?, I am sure there are other means to 'indulge in life' (as far as culinary aspects are concerned) without the need for DD.
    Some people, who are keto-adapted, may experience rather nasty reaction even after eating one slice of 'healthy multigrain'
    (talking from personal experience)
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  38. FrankG
    Fructose can also be stored as Glycogen after which it is available to the body as Glucose. For diabetics especially, this is one of the issues with relying on the Glycemic Index of a food... while a food high in Fructose may not lead to an immediate BG rise, it can increase the overall load of Glucose in the body and as such, lead to an higher Fasting BG the next day (for example).
  39. Emory
    I have had a reaction after eating simple carbs at a wedding or event. I used to eat one piece of cake or some rolls with butter and the next morning had a hangover similar to the ones I had in college. The unpleasant feeling isn't worth the immediate gratification.
    I do, however, eat a few dates or a banana on occasion...with cashew butter and have no ill effect at all.
  40. Boundless
    > I am sure there are other means to 'indulge in life'
    > (as far as culinary aspects are concerned) without the need for DD.

    When people are pining for the pastries, it's more than just the wheat exorphins talking.

    These treats are scientifically designed, and extensively focus group tested, to ensure that they are as appealing and as addictive as possible, with absolutely zero consideration given to the immediate or long term health consequences.

    Don't be a donut dupe.

    For people just switching to LCHF (esp. wheat-free), part of them is usually still addicted. They are usually unaware of it, or in denial (what, me, an addict?). They don't want the emerging metabolic truth about human nutrition to be true, and are hoping to find some exceptions in the footnotes.

    Quest needs to sell some of their bars in the shape of a donut.

    Reply: #41
  41. Emory
    I don't agree that pastries are addictive. I think that people eat them because they taste good. It's simply a lack of discipline.
    Reply: #42
  42. Boundless
    > I don't agree that pastries are addictive. I think
    > that people eat them because they taste good.

    If they contain wheat, they are addictive:
    and everything else about scripted mass-market pastries is specifically designed to keep you coming back for more. Pastries are the new tobacco in many ways.

    > It's simply a lack of discipline.

    Edutainer Tom Naughton pretty much demolished the discipline myth in his Character vs. Chemistry series this year:

  43. Sophie
    I USED to love dunkin donuts. I have not been in it since i started LCHF. it did taste great, but i like being skinny. And I would not touch those things anymore knowing they are not real food. And also i dont want to be kicked out of ketosis
  44. Mats
    I actually don't think Sweden is "ready" for Dunkin' Donuts. My general impression is that people simply find this too sweet and greasy. We already have donuts and they've just never gained any popularity and the thought of dipping them in e.g chocolate is probably more nauseating than aanything else to most Swedes. Guess we'll see..
  45. Emory
    Dunkin Donuts likely did their research before branching out. It's likely they have regionalized their product after holding several focus groups with average Swedish consumers.
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  47. Emory
    Interesting. By what mechanism does the olive oil work? I would assume that it slows the digestion of carbs that you take in...much like vinegar has been shown to do.

    A good research link into insulin and bodyfat is:

    Lots of great blogs, lectures and research.

  48. Galina L.
    olive oil is not a weight-loss tool, but ahaizoune is a troll who puts comments with stupid links (like potato diet and olive oil for a weight loss) everywhere . Just today I put in a garbage bin 10 comments made by that person on old blog-posts.

    Dr. Andreas, could you, please, ban ahaizoune or many of us will have to unsubscribe from old comment threads just in order to escape that spam.

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