Everyone is going bananas this month over Starbuck's latest color wonder, the Unicorn Frappuccino.

Don't let those “My Little Pony” colors lure you into its magical deliciousness. Depending on the size you order, the Unicorn Frapp can have a colossal 76 grams of sugar. That's more than seven Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Holy sweetness!

So, OK. You’re not going to stop for a Unicorn Frapp on your way to work because: A) Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and B) You're not a 16-year-old boy. You're a sensible adult.

You feel good about the blueberry muffin and hot tea you set down on your desk to start your day. Well, get ready to have your world shattered. We’ve paired several interesting options against each other to compare sugar content, fat, and calories. And that leftover pizza you really wanted might not be looking so bad anymore.

What's for breakfast? You decide.

Here are some surprising nutrition matchups.

1. Carb fight: Muffins vs. pizza

Starbucks bountiful blueberry muffin

  • 350 calories
  • 12 grams total fat
  • 29 grams sugar

vs.

2 slices personal pan cheese pizza from Pizza Hut

  • 300 calories
  • 12 grams total fat
  • 4 grams sugar

WINNER: Pizza for breakfast, for everyone. (Dreams really do come true!)

2. Ceriously? Cereal vs. chips

1 serving Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal

  • 190 calories
  • 1 gram total fat
  • 11 grams sugar

vs.

1 bag Frito Lay Nacho Cheese Doritos

  • 140 calories
  • 8 grams total fat
  • 0 grams sugar

WINNER: Frosted Mini-Wheats may feel like a party in the front, business in the back, but one serving contains 11 grams of sugar (4 teaspoons). Pass the chips, if you can stomach them before noon.

3. Battle of the a.m. bite: Bagel vs. cookie

1 cinnamon-raisin bagel with cream cheese

  • 408 calories
  • 7.2 grams total fat,
  • 8.5 grams sugar

vs.

1 serving Nabisco Oreo cookies

  • 160 calories
  • 7 grams total fat
  • 14 grams sugar

It’s a tie: The bagel has over two and a half times the calories, but the Oreos have more sugar. Let’s call it a draw.

4. Morning pick-me-up: Smoothies vs. McMuffins

1 Jamba Juice medium PB & Banana Protein smoothie

  • 570 calories
  • 23 grams total fat
  • 49 grams sugar

vs.

1 McDonald's Egg and Sausage McMuffin

  • 470 calories
  • 30 grams total fat
  • 3 grams sugar

WINNER: Look at the calories and sugar in that "muscle-building protein" smoothie! McDonald's, however? I'm lovin' it.

5. Just eat something!

Nothing (skipping breakfast)

  • 0 calories
  • 0 grams total fat
  • 0 grams sugar

vs.

1 Subway Chipotle Chicken Melt with guacamole

  • 460 calories
  • 18 grams total fat
  • 7 grams sugar

WINNER: Winner, chicken dinner! Yep, you're better off eating a chicken sub than skipping breakfast. Eating in the morning gives your body fuel for the day, and may help you resist overeating later.

Bottom line

There are healthy breakfast choices everywhere these days. We’re not suggesting that you eat Kandy Kakes and Doritos for breakfast, but the amount of sugar and fat hiding in some of your go-to choices might be a wake-up call.

Now, if you’re looking for some healthier options, Healthline has you covered. Click here for five yummy sugar-free breakfast options.

Editor’s note: Always work with your doctor or a nutritionist to come up with a healthy eating plan that works for you.


Dara Nai is an LA-based humor writer whose credits include scripted television, entertainment and pop culture journalism, celebrity interviews, and cultural commentary. She has also appeared in her own show for LOGO TV, written two independent sitcoms, and inexplicably, served as a judge at an international film festival.