With over 750 locations spread out over thirty countries, it’s clear that people love Cinnabon. This chain of bakeries is a staple of airports and malls worldwide, despite the obvious adverse health effects that come with consuming one of their famous cinnamon rolls.
For some people, even a glimpse of Cinnabon’s ooey-gooey treats is enough to clog an artery and send their blood sugar into the stratosphere, making them run for the gym or the yoga mat. Packed with calories, carbohydrates, saturated fats, and refined sugars, Cinnabon is, to put it bluntly, absolutely horrible for you. Here are three reasons yoga is more appealing than Cinnabon:
Yoga burns calories. The Cinnabon Classic has almost an entire meal’s worth of calories in one serving.
Yes, you read that correctly. According to the nutritional information posted on their website, Cinnabon’s signature item, the Cinnabon Classic, has 880 calories. For moderately active adult women, doctors suggest eating between 2000-2200 calories per day. For men, this number is a bit higher, approximately 2600-2800 calories per day.
To put it into perspective, the Cinnabon Classic contains nearly half of a woman’s suggested daily calorie intake and nearly a third of a man’s. That’s basically an entire meal. And because the Cinnabon Classic essentially just dough and added sugar, you’re eating empty, nutrition-less calories. Worse still, 320 of the calories are from fat. Even reading that can harden an artery.
Yoga, on the other hand, has been shown to burn calories. Hatha yoga, the form most commonly taught in beginner’s courses, burns approximately 175 calories per hour, equivalent to walking 2 miles in one hour.
More intense forms of yoga, such as Ashtanga and power yoga, can burn up to 300 calories per hour, which is equivalent to walking 4 miles in 60 minutes. Vinyasa yoga can burn up to 445 calories per hour, and Bikram or “hot” yoga can burn approximately 630 calories in one hour. This means that you could do one hour of intense yoga and still not burn off amount of calories in a Cinnabon Classic. Keep that in mind next time you’re downwind from Cinnabon and are tempted to stop in for a snack.
Yoga is heart-healthy. Cinnabon is a heart attack waiting to happen.
In addition to its 880 calories, the Cinnabon Classic also has 17 grams of saturated fat. There are good fats and bad fats, and saturated fats such as those found in the Cinnabon’s signature item are definitely the bad kind.
Good fats, such as mono- and polyunsaturated fats, can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Saturated fats have the exact opposite effect, raising your cholesterol and greatly increasing your risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease. And speaking of cholesterol, the Cinnabon Classic has 20 mg of that, too.
As a result, doctors recommend eating no more than 13 grams of saturated fat per day. And the Cinnabon Classic four more grams of saturated fats than you need in one day in one cinnamon roll. Let that sink in.
Conversely, yoga may improve your cardiovascular health because it lowers blood pressure and heart rate while improving circulation, respiratory function, and lung capacity.
Regular sessions of yoga can be used as a long-term preventative measure against cardiovascular disease and stroke, especially if combined with a healthy diet. People who have recent had a stroke or heart attack may also benefit from yoga for many of these same reasons.
Yoga can help stabilize blood sugar levels. Cinnabon sends them through the roof.
Just like with fats, there are good and bad sugars. Sugar that is naturally found in fruit and certain carbohydrates can be good for you in moderation, but added sugars, such as sucrose and high fructose corn syrup found in pastries and candy, are terrible for you in any amount.
Research has shown that consuming too much sugar increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Because of this, doctors recommend that adults limit their sugar intake to 37.5 grams per day for men and 25 grams for women. Children need even less.
The Cinnabon Classic has 59 grams of sugar, almost double the daily recommended amount. Added sugars are empty calories – they have no nutritional value whatsoever. The sudden intake of two days’ worth of refined sugar causes a significant spike in your blood sugar, which is followed by a correspondingly dramatic drop. This can lead to what is known as a “sugar crash,” making you feel tired and lethargic.
Recent studies have shown that yoga may actually help prevent or regulate diabetes. In addition to the over-consumption of sugar, stress is a major factor in the development of diabetes. Stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine, and glucagon raise blood sugar when you are physically or emotionally stressed.
If you live with a significant amount of stress, your body will produce more of these hormones. This, in turn, causes your body to overproduce glucose, leading to diabetes. Yoga has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, therefore reducing the amount of stress hormones your body releases.
Additionally, being on a regular workout routine, such as daily yoga programs, helps your body better regulate its production of insulin. This is necessary to keep your blood sugar within a healthy range, especially if you are diabetic. Yoga can also reduce weight gain and improves circulation in the arms and legs.
And if you think all of that was bad, here’s the nutritional information for the Caramel Pecanbon: • 1080 calories • 450 calories from fat • 20 grams of saturated fat • 76 grams of sugar
Reading that is enough motivation for me to want to grab the mat and spend an hour in the summer sun doing yoga. Who’s with me?