Just Mortgage Brokers recently published research on how long it would take millennials in the UK to save up for a house deposit if they gave up ‘millennial addictions’ including avocados, wine, Netflix, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and more.
According to their research, if you gave up eating one box of our favourite branded doughnuts per week, it would take you 38 years to save up for a house deposit (this is based on the current average UK house price and a 10% deposit).
This means if you decided to never eat any doughnuts from birth, you would save enough money for a house deposit by the time you reached middle-aged.
With that being said, besides a house deposit, what else would you lose and how would your health be negatively impacted if you chose to keep eating doughnuts instead of scrapping them?
The Not-So-Sweet Facts About Why Doughnuts Are So Addictive
We all get tempted every now and then by a jam-filled doughnut on a late night supermarket run, or an iced bun added to the end of our order at the local coffee shop.
The occasional treat probably isn’t going to harm your health or hurt your savings account too much. But what happens when that occasional treat suddenly becomes a daily habit?
Sugar is the main culprit when it comes to cravings for baked goods like doughnuts.
When we indulge, the sugar releases dopamine – a chemical that makes you feel happy – into the brain. This feeling doesn’t stick around for long though, as the sugar highs and extra energy are often followed by a crash.
Just like drugs and other addictive substances, this feeling of highs and lows gets dulled over time. You might feel like upping your sugar intake by sneaking that second doughnut from the packet to get the same feeling.
Unfortunately, you can’t rely on sugar alternatives either.
One common artificial sweetener called saccharin has been shown in studies to be more addictive than cocaine. These chemical substitutes might be offering sugar-free alternatives to your favourite baked treats, but the temptation to eat more will still be there.
The Downside of Doughnuts
Underneath the colourful sprinkles and past the mouth-watering flavours, here’s what you can find in the average doughnut:
- One doughnut contains roughly 300 calories, which is more than a tenth of your recommended calorie intake for a whole day. You would gain one pound every ten days if you maintained a daily doughnut habit.
- It might be surprising to know that there could also be around 150 milligrams of sodium in each doughnut you eat. Again, this is a tenth of your ideal daily intake of sodium.
- Trans fats and saturated fats are both found in the dairy products used in doughnuts and the vegetable oil that they are fried in. These fats are particularly bad for your cholesterol and carry a lot of health risks.
The Health Stats You Need to Know Before You Buy a Doughnut
With sugar, sweeteners, salt and fats all increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes, it’s clear that curbing your doughnut indulgences could seriously improve your health. Consider the following statistics:
- At current rates, it’s predicted that more than five million people in the UK will have diabetes by 2025.
- Only 30% of adults in the UK eat their five-a-day fruit and veg portions, and since the 1980s, obesity levels in the UK have trebled.
- In the UK, someone has a heart attack every six minutes, and someone is killed every three minutes by cardiovascular disease.
Money and Health Benefits – What Else Can You Do to Help Yourself?
The facts and figures speak for themselves.
Although you can’t deny that doughnuts are a delicious indulgence for every once in a while, the health risks of making them a regular snack shouldn’t be ignored.
The research also shows that there’s plenty of other food and drink you can remove from your routine that will keep you feeling healthier and help you save even more money. For example, saying goodbye to your Naked Wines subscription and all those extra calories could see you save for a house deposit in 33 years. Or you can save enough for a house in 76 years if you stopped your weekly fast food vice of Chicken McNuggets.
Whatever you decide, being smart with your money and staying healthy by eating certain foods in moderation is the key to planning for a successful future.
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