Snack Wars: Baked Good Battle

Food Fight!

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that when faced with the decision of grabbing either a muffin or a doughnut for breakfast, you should reach for the doughnut.  It’s said a muffin is just like eating cake.   Now, I’m not saying you should eat either, but  it got me to thinking…what if it’s a choice between a muffin and a cupcake?  In this match-up, we’re pitting a chocolate cupcake from Starbucks against the ever popular blueberry muffin, also from Starbucks.   Let the battle begin.

Round One: Calories

The winner here is the muffin which packs in 360 calories into it’s dense 4.6 ounces.  That’s the equivalent of scarfing down 2.5 cups of plain, cooked oatmeal for breakfast.  As for that cupcake, it’ll set you back 420 calories.

Round Two: Fat

Not really a surprise here…the muffin has about half the amount of fat as the cupcake (11g as opposed to 27 grams).  This makes sense considering all the butter that goes into making the cupcake batter and the frosting.  Muffins, on the other hand, usually require just some oil to get the batter right.

Round Three:  Fiber

We all know that a breakfast high in fiber is good because it keeps us fuller, longer.  The best way to get it is by eating fruits and whole grains, but if you’re running out the door in the morning, grab the muffin.  It’s got a measly 2.5 grams of fiber, but that’s better than the .5g you’ll get from eating that cupcake.

The Winner

So it looks like the muffin is mighter that the cupcake.  It can take back some of the dignity it lost in that famous match-up against the doughnut.  As for those of you who may be curious how the doughnut and cupcake stack up against each other…you’re still going to want to reach for the doughnut.


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