Cinnabon Schninnamon

I woke up today and found my wife had brought home six Cinnabon cinnamon rolls.  I had mentioned off-hand a few days ago how much I missed them.  She interpreted that as a request [it wasn’t].

I couldn’t say “no” now, could I?

No, I couldn’t.

According to Calorie Count, the classic Cinnabon roll provides:

  • 730 calories
  • 216 calories from fat (24 g)
  • 114 g of carbohydrate
  • 1.5 g fiber

Looking at the carb count, you can understand how the typical American gets 250-300 g of carb daily.  For the last nine months, I’ve been eating 50 g or less, and about 2000 calories/day.

I ate the Cinnabon as a meal, rather than as dessert after—and in addition to—a meal.  If you’re gonna cheat during a weight-control program—and who doesn’t?—that may be a good way to do it.

Compare the Cinnabon with a 700-cal large green salad with tomato, onion, olive oil vinaigrette, topped with tuna or chicken.  Which has “more nutrition”? 

Did I enjoy the Cinnabon?  You bet!  Will I be able to resist the temptation of the ones remaining?  I hope so.

Steve Parker, M.D.


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4 responses to “Cinnabon Schninnamon

  1. Dan

    Wow thats a hell of a lot of carbs in one go!!!!!!! How have you been finding having 50g of carbs and 2000 calories. How are your hunger levels? Feel like describing this and posting it on my blog?

  2. Hi, Dr. Dan. I published a six-month summary here and don’t have much to add. I’m not sure where I’m going with this – it’s an experiment.

    Here’s the summary:


  3. lessofmimi

    Funny. I just made me and my kids some LC danishes tonight. After decades of high-carb SAD eating, I don’t think we’ll ever not have cravings, but I hope that by learning alternatives we can at least avoid the carbage. You are a sweetie for still eating the Cinnabon. Interesting way to mitigate the damage. Good luck avoiding the rest. Maybe sneak in there and put some salt on them? lol

  4. Thanks, Mimi. That cheat method wouldn’t work for a dyed-in-the-wool carboholic; it could trigger a carb binge with dire consequences.

    Like an alcoholic trying to “have just one drink.”

    I saw your recipe on your website – sounds interesting.