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Fat Grams in Pecan Pie
Other Popular Desserts

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Comparing Pies & Their Fat Content

Apple vs Lemon Chiffon vs Pecan Pie

Let's review the data chart for fatty desserts posted below.

While the Lemon Chiffon pie contains less dietary fat grams than the apple pie, does that mean that it's the better choice?

And because the pecan pie contains over 25 grams of fat, does that mean that it's the worst of the three?

Distribution of Fatty Acid Content Matters

Actually, depending upon the fat distribution of the food selection [which is also based upon the recipe used to prepare the pie] - it may or may not be the better choice.

Generally, the apple is the best of the three because it contains a healthy addition of fruit. Then again, if it is a double-crusted version - the fat distribution as well as the total caloric values may make it the lessor choice.

And the Lemon Chiffon does contain a splash of nutritional values such as calcium from the dairy food group.

What About the Pecan Pie?

It's a classic and the nuts contained therein are a healthy source for vegetable protein. However, pecan pies contain syrup and sugar in the recipe which unfortunately negates those healthy values.

We're better off - we're healthier if we simply enjoy the natural nut straight from the shell.

How to Keep Calories as Minimal as Possible While Dieting

Keeping these things in mind the dieter must pay special attention to the nutritional labeling on the commercially prepared product as well as the ingredient list in homemade versions of desserts.

Nut Pies, Dried Fruit Ingredients

Take special note that nut pies contain quite a lot of dietary fat grams. They, along with dried fruit pies - such as mincemeat and raisin, are the ones that are highest in caloric values.

However, if slices were kept at a minimal size and if sugar wasn't an issue, then these types of desserts would be more healthy. So again - if you're craving a pecan or one of your other favorite nuts, it's best to enjoy them naturally rather than inside a sugary pie that contains a dough-wad crust.

Note on the data chart that pies are based on one slice of an eight-inch round pie that contains six slices - so about 1/6th of a pie.

Total Fat in Pies, Ice Cream

DESSERT SELECTION

FAT GRAMS

Vanilla Ice Cream, 1/2 cup

11.5

TYPES OF PIES

Lemon Chiffon

11.5

Apple

13.5

Banana Cream

13.5

Pumpkin

13.5

Chocolate Cream

17.0

Pecan or Nut Pie

25.0

Healthier Pie - Pumpkin

One of the dieter's best selections for desserts is the pumpkin pie. One slice, even of the commercially prepared varieties, contains about 250 to 350 per slice.

As to cakes, one chocolate bakery cake that is frosted with chocolate frosting and that weighs 1,660 grams contains 6,457 calories, 332.83 total fat grams with almost 100 of those in the form of saturated fat. We'll post the nutrition facts for chocolate cake below for your review. The half-cake is based on 138 grams with one slice being 1/12th of the cake.

Nutrition Facts for Chocolate Cake

Nutrition Facts: Chocolate Cake, Frosted - Bakery Purchased Units 100 Grams 1 Slice 1 Cake 
Energy, Caloric Values kcal 389 537 6457
Protein g 3.48 4.80 57.77
Total lipid (fat) g 20.05 27.67 332.83
Fatty acids, total saturated g 5.917 8.165 98.222
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 7.343 10.133 121.894
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 4.622 6.378 76.725
Cholesterol mg 24 33 398
Carbohydrate, by difference g 52.84 72.92 877.14
Fiber, total dietary g 2.8 3.9 46.5
Sugars, total g 39.96 55.14 663.34
Calcium, Ca mg 30 41 498
Iron, Fe mg 3.04 4.20 50.46
Magnesium, Mg mg 31 43 515
Phosphorus, P mg 137 189 2274
Potassium, K mg 270 373 4482
Sodium, Na mg 348 480 5777
Zinc, Zn mg 0.58 0.80 9.63
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 0.1 0.1 1.7
Vitamin A, RAE mcg_RAE 1 1 17
Vitamin A, IU IU 2 3 33
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 1.09 1.50 18.09
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) g 10.6 14.6 176.0

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