Mas­sachusetts YMCA’s dough­nut logic has some holes in it

Modern Healthcare - - OUT LIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Some­times has to Out­liers pon­der philo­soph­i­cal ques­tions. Is a dough­nut shop still a dough­nut shop if it doesn’t sell dough­nuts?

That’s the rid­dle that will be fac­ing res­i­dents of Quincy, Mass., when a Honey Dew Donuts out­let opens in­side the city’s new YMCA, sans its epony­mous pastry.

A YMCA spokes­woman told the Pa­triot Ledger news­pa­per that be­cause of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s em­pha­sis on phys­i­cal fit­ness, no dough­nuts will be sold.

The shop will sell cof­fee, low­fat muffins, sal­ads, sand­wiches, yo­gurt, fruit cups and smooth­ies. All menu items must be ap­proved by the Y.

But the Y may want to con­sult the nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion posted on the New Eng­land chain’s web­site, which shows its low-fat muffins con­tain more calo­ries and su­gar than many of its dough­nuts.

As Amer­ica’s fore­most dough­nut afi­cionado, Homer Simp­son, would say: “D’oh!”

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