Five Reasons Why Donuts Are Healthier Than Crystal Meth.

I can’t goddamn believe I’m writing this.

But I posted this stupid fucking meme and it went viral because the internet is a strange place where funny cat pictures are in charge and I’m just a denizen to serve them.


I thought it would just be a throwaway meme.

I thought people would giggle and move on.

I thought wrong.

At this point, it’s been shared about 15,000 times and people are still arguing on my facebook page whether donuts or crystal meth are healthier.

…And I suddenly understand politics.

So because people don’t understand the differences between food and drugs or that you can eat one donut without gorging on five thousand of them or how an addictive substance works, here now are five reasons why donuts are healthier than crystal meth.

1.You can brush the sugar from a donut off your teeth, no problem. Meth, however…

Not even a Sonicare toothbrush and a thousand miles of floss can un-do whatever the fuck meth does to them.

We all get it. Sugar isn’t the greatest for your teeth, and donuts are small delicious little circles of sugar, fat, gluten, and unadulterated bliss. But the potential for tooth decay from sugar is largely exposure dependent and you can stop it by brushing and flossing regularly. You can have it as a treat, but don’t live on sugar, mmmkay?

Meth Mouth,’ on the other hand, can’t go away with Crest White strips and a tooth brush high powered enough to simultaneously jackhammer two women in a porno seen on websites like FullTubeXXX. A handful of things are thought to cause this, including dry mouth and the acidity level of inhaled meth. Furthermore, in the study linked earlier in this paragraph, though the dental issues are similar to those on other drug users, they appear faster and more severe on meth users.

But hey, you’re skinny as a rail while your teeth and skin are rotting off your face. Maybe a donut would help.

2. You can safely have a donut binge every once in a while and walk away alive. Good luck on that with meth.

Though I thought it was an easy comparison that one donut was healthier than one “dose” of illegal drug crystal meth, i.e. methamphetamine, perhaps this took more of an explanation. Though it has some controlled medicinal purposes, in crystal meth form it’s pretty goddamn easy to overdose on. Symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Kidney failure
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • The stopping of one’s heart
  • Falling into a coma
    • And of course…
  • Death.

And this is after you’ve possibly turned into a human skeleton with skin that’s falling off and really bad teeth.

Side effects of a donut “overdose?” You need to brush your teeth, deal with a little bit of bloating, and you’re walking around with that slight feeling of regret in your tight jeans for a day or two until you hit the gym.

(Or no regret. Because fuck it, those were delicious).

Oh. The horror.

I’ve had a Krispy Kreme or two. I’m at a healthy weight, I still have all my teeth, and I never worried about overdosing. On that note…

3. Being skinny is not a good defense of meth heads. And donuts are not the #1 leading cause of obesity.

I cannot believe I read this on a science page. But this comment came up again and again and again.

“I’ve never seen a fat person on meth.”


Or pink eye, I haven’t seen your asses. Maybe you’re into anal bleaching. Or clam steaming. Whatever.

On the other hand, I’ve seen people of all shapes and sizes who eat donuts. Some of them are skinny. Some of them are overweight. And some of those people who eat donuts, I guarantee you, are overweight because of things other than the donuts because obesity isn’t a zero sum game. It’s not “one donut = I’m suddenly obese.” It’s a lot of things put together along with caloric intake and exercise, but an occasional donut? Fuck you and your myopic view of one food being the enemy. This applies to soda, bread, grains, dairy, or whatever the food-du-jour is that you think is the enemy making people fat. You can indeed eat a donut- occasionally- and work them into a healthy caloric load. Don’t be stupid about it. Eat your vegetables, fruits, and an appropriate amount of protein and carbs to fuel your life first.

And have a donut once in a while if you so choose.

I’ve yet to meet a doctor who says you can enjoy a little meth once in a while along with your morning protein bar and coffee.

4. Nobody is sucking dick for donuts.

I’m already waiting for somebody to tell me that this has happened in the comments. I bring you Bob Saget:


Aaaand cue the people telling me that sugar is addictive.

For the last goddamn time, no it’s not.

And by the last time, I mean I’ll end up writing about this because this is one of those zombie myths that keeps coming back to life because people want to believe it.

Sugar is sweet. It tastes good. You can crave it, sure. I’m craving some fruit right now, in no doubt partially because it’s sweet. But it does not trigger your brain the same way that drugs do. It does not cause the same withdrawal symptoms that drugs do. And it certainly does not cause the same physical conditions that drugs do. And if I don’t get my hands on an apple in the next few hours, I’m not going to start sweating, shaking, and hunting for a dealer somewhere on the corner.

Yes, someone can consume too much sugar. That’s absolutely true. But that can be said of the other two macronutrients as well. At this point in history, we’re demonizing sugar because the market has been flooded with bullshit books telling us this is the macronutrient du jour to cut out of our diets to make us skinny.

Try eating less of all the macronutrients if you want to keep your weight down, but if you think the white crystalline sugar in a donut is as dangerous as the white crystals in meth, you’ve been drinking the blue crystals in some organic, kale laced kool-aid.

5. The components of a donut are all just fine. Meth, however…

I didn’t say they were a bastion of good health. I didn’t say that you should base your diet on them. However, if you need proof, look at the basic composition of a donut. It’s cake flour, sugar, yeast, water, and sugar glaze. Nothing dangerous. Chemically speaking, it’s bread with sugar and oil.

And they’re small. Krispy Kreme glazed donut will ping you for less than 200 calories. That’s less than a lot of desserts, especially the desserts you get at large chain restaurants. Moderation and making sure that you eat within your body’s caloric needs are key here.

If you actually think the entire obesity epidemic is caused by a 190 calorie little fluffy pillow of delicious, you have a perception problem. Yes, there’s an obesity issue, but donuts specifically? Come the fuck off of it. One donut a week won’t hurt you. Hell, a couple a week won’t hurt you as long as you’re burning it off.

However, we do have a bit of a meth problem in this country. The production of meth causes property damage, and the drug itself taken recreationally can cause a lot of damage even in a short period in someone’s life. And meth itself, unlike a donut, has zero value to most people nutritionally, medically, or otherwise. It’s just going to fuck up your life.

So… Donuts: 5. Meth: 0

And again, I can’t believe this needed to be written, but given that there are over a thousand comments on the goddamn meme, you’re welcome or I’m sorry.

And look, if all of this hasn’t convinced you, I have a solution:


Heisenberg approved.



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Yvette d'Entremont, aka SciBabe, is a chemist and writer living in Los Angeles with her husband and their four pets. She bakes a mean gluten free chocolate chip cookie and likes glitter more than is considered healthy for a woman past the age of seven.


  1. I reposted the meme and people liked it and no one said meth was better than donuts. I’m sorry the meme caused such a raining of idiocy on your Facebook, the tiny selfish silver lining us there’s one thing that I can give my Facebook friends credit for not thinking, even the ones who repost David Avocado Wolfe memes (who when confronted will always say “but I got it from my friend’s dog sitter who reposted it to me”).

  2. Years ago a local paper had an study that said if you eat 16 cups (300) g each of chips you would get half your daily requirement of vitamin c may be you could start a gide

  3. You have learned a valuable lesson that you must never ever forget. There are people in this world who have no freaking sense of humour. I mean none, nothing, zip, zilch, zero. They cannot joke about anything. They go through life taking everything very serious and causing trouble wherever they go. Never forget this lesson!

  4. “I’ve never seen a fat person on meth.”
    A Globe And Mail journalist actually once wrote a column stating that taxes on cigarettes should be reduced and all the anti-cigarette advertising done away with. His reason? People were getting too fat! They were thinner when they smoked!
    Note to journalist, and all the idiots who argued with your doughnut post – thinness gotten from a pack of cigarettes or a highly addictive drug does NOT make you healthy. Thinness for thinness’s sake does not make you healthy. People who are underweight and sedentary have the exact same longevity and health profiles as people who are severely overweight and sedentary.

  5. Yeah there are people out there that actually believe the earth is flat so this is not surprising. On another note, dammit now I want a donut and don’t have any! *grumbles about having to go to the store* :p 😉

  6. OMFG I want to have your baby. You are seriously the shot of reality that so many people need (right upside the head sometimes), you make me laugh every time while shaking my head that it’s remotely necessary for you to have to say any of this. Keep on rocking!

  7. Dear SciBabe,

    Nobody, in their right mind, would ever argue that a donut is worse than crystal meth. This far we agree.

    The reason that I saw for your followers to react, was the fact that this comparison is pretty ridiculous as it does not really say much about donuts, or meth. Also, people were tiggered by your use of the term healthy, technically, the healthiness of a substance is determined by the number of ailments it potentially cures/prevents. For donuts that is down to chronic and acute energy deficiency. For meth, well, I don’t know 😉 Probably nothing. So again you are right, it is technically healthier, but so would anything else containing calories.

    This is where you should listen to your followers. They are used to being treated with interesting, rational, scientific, informative posts and they simply didn’t find this meme to be worthy of your page.

    Then again, it is your page, but if you are going to turn it into a place for posting things that are not interesting, informative, funny or even clever, probably you will lose a big chunk of your followers 🙂

    It was a bad meme and people called it, move on and treat your audience better the next time. There is a reason that they are following you 🙂

    My 10 cents,

  8. The facts don’t matter to some people because their “thinking” isn’t based on facts or logic. You might as well be telling a Born Again Christian that Satan is better than Jesus. (I know THAT’S going to get me in trouble.)

  9. You might regret having to post this but I found it very amusing.

    “Or pink eye, I haven’t seen your asses. Maybe you’re into anal bleaching. Or clam steaming. Whatever.”…shudder!

  10. I ate a dunnit as I read this post. Apple Fritter from Tim Horton’s. I have no interest in meth; I will stick with donuts.

  11. The first aid class I took taught us that most diabetic emergencies are low-sugar related — from either forgetting to eat or accidental insulin overdose — in which case a donut could be a good treatment.

  12. I wish you would do a take down of Mark Sisson aka Mark’s Daily Apple, the ‘primal’ fanatic who shills steroids. He called you a ‘kook’ and it just pissed me off that some washed up bodybuilder who’s pumped up on juice thinks he has more knowledge than an actual dedicated scientist.

    • Mark Sisson was formerly a competitive endurance athlete…can’t remember if it was just running or a triathlete… he is not a washed up bodybuilder. I am a vegan-leaning vegetarian who thinks paleo/primal is bunk, so I certainly am not in his corner…but that doesn’t seem like a fair assessment of him. (I don’t remember him shilling steroids, but maybe things have changed.) In the end, even though I’m not convinced of paleo/primal, there’s no getting around the fact that he’s very healthy and fit in his 60s…a stark, stark, STARK contrast to most of America.

  13. well, i dunno, i have a fairly unhealthy “craving” for sugar.
    i wouldn’t say sugar is as addictive as heroin,
    but it can be as addictive and destructive to your body as nicotin, alcohol and marijuana.

    eating sugar gives me a buzz of endorphines, then i eat some more, and get the same buzz. then i keep eating to get that buzz, but i’m not getting it anymore.
    and all of a sudden i’ve downed a 2l box of ice cream, and then after a bit feel drowsy, and slow as hell because my blood sugar is through the floor.
    sometimes i can stop eating, put that box away, then 1-2 hours go by and i eat from it again to check if i can get the same buzz or not.
    but for my whole life, there cannot exist a box of ice cream in my house.
    if i know it’s there, i have trouble being able to focus on my work.

  14. I love your science-based site. I don’t worry about GMOs or vaccines, but I doubt that we agree on all because, as I am not a scientist, I’ve had to make a decision of whose science to follow–and that would be the Plant Based camp of Campbell, Barnard, Esselstyn, and McDougall.
    Your meme was really funny and shouldn’t have required explaining.
    But… I don’t think it’s that easy for some people to “stay off” sugar. I have no idea if sugar addiction is real, or if it’s just stimulation of the same areas of the brain and can be downlayed to “irrational desire,” but I can tell you that I have definitely experienced cravings so intense that I thought I would die if I didn’t get a cookie…weak, irrational, irritable, almost shaking. (of course it never really just sugar, is it…it’s always a little sugar/fat bomb like zucchini bread or a cookie…or a donut)The thing is, the more sugar you have, the more you crash and the more you want.
    My diet is great compared to the SAD, but far from puritanical…whole grains, pasta, veggies, fruits, legumes,handful of nuts, limited oil, soy, small portions…and “special treats.” However, I carry 20 extra lbs that no amount of marathon training seems to touch. I have no pizza weight, no drive-thru weight, no greasy take out weight, and no beer weight…every frkn extra pound comes from overindulging in sweets.

    What I’m trying to say is, sometimes a donut can be a horrible trigger for a huge backslide that can take weeks to get under control and is better avoided. But…the meme was still funny…and a donut is indeed healthier than meth 🙂

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