Greggs creates first 'diet' doughnut - by adding a hole to the centre

Lauren Clark
Greggs have created a "diet" doughnut by putting a hole in the middle [Image: Greggs]

Doughnuts are usually off the menu if you’re on a healthy eating regime - but Greggs are now offering customers a “diet” version of the sugary treat.

The bakery chain is selling a ‘glazed ring doughnut’ in addition to its classic ‘jam doughnut’.

While the former contains approximately 191 calories, the latter has 245 calories, according to their website.

It appears the introduction of a hole - and lack of filling - has culled more than 50 calories from the sweet favourite.

The bakery chain's classic jam doughnut contains more than 50 calories more [Image: Getty]

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Greggs is encouraging customers to make the simple swap as part of its new healthier “doughnut diet” initiative.

According to The Sunday Times, it plans to tweak its displays so that jam doughnuts are surrounded by ring doughnuts, guiding the public to order the lower-calorie product.

Speaking at a recent childhood obesity conference in London, Roger Whiteside, Greggs’s chief executive said that ring doughnuts “take some of the calories out”.

As well as a greater calorie content, jam doughnuts also contain 10g of fat, compared to 6.4g found in ring doughnuts.

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However, because of its greater surface area thanks to the hole, ring doughnuts have 13g of sugar — which is 22 per cent of their weight - compared to 12g in the jam-packed alternatives.

Gregg’s new campaign is in response to the government’s childhood obesity strategy, which is forcing food companies to reduce sugar levels in their products.

Speaking about the challenges the chain faced at the same conference, Whiteside added: “People like big cakes, not little cakes . . . we know that we shouldn’t be encouraging people to eat large cakes . . . but the problem is you have to go with demand.”

A Greggs spokesperson told Yahoo UK: “"Encouraging healthy eating is a key priority for Greggs and is why we have extended our product range to include more lower calorie options.

“When it comes to sweet bakery these are not diet products but if customers want to treat themselves then we offer more choices at lower calories.”

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