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Comparing the Nutritional Value of Pecan Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie vs. Pecan Pie

When it comes to Thanksgiving, it's like a war of the pies. Be it apple, pumpkin, cherry, or pecan pie, there's bound to be some sort of competition between the sweets. If my taste buds could have their druthers, we'd dive right into the pecan pie and never look back. Unfortunately for my senses, yet fortunately for my skinny jeans, my willpower is better than that. While no pie is truly a good choice, some are better than others. In the true autumnal spirit, I chose the two pies most commonly associated with a Thanksgiving supper and compared them side by side. Come check out the nutritional breakdown and tell me what you would choose!

Slice pumpkin pie Slice pecan pie
Calories
316
503
Total Fat (g)
14
27
Carbs (g)
40
63
Fiber (g)
3
4.3
Sugar (g)
21
31
Protein (g)
7
6

While I love me some pecan pie, it's going to be hard to justify taking a slice down given the breakdown above. One piece of pecan pie offers almost twice the punch a piece of pumpkin pie does. The combination of nuts and the gooey sugary center may taste like heaven on a fork, but it also serves up significantly more fat and calories. If that's not enough to persuade you to the gourdish side, consider the pecan pie has 10 more grams of sugar and almost 50 percent the carbs. The two pies are, however, similar in protein and fiber content. But, let's get real — that's not what we're concerned about when we've got whipped cream on the table.

In the war of the pies, my advice is to go for the pumpkin. Besides the delicious taste, we've got a pumpkin pie workout that will burn just the right number of calories to negate that single piece of pie! If you choose the latter, just double up on the workout.

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flavacrisp flavacrisp 5 years
Pecan Pie is hands down my favorite dessert (if not food) too. I will be eating a lot of it.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 5 years
Pecan pie is my favorite food EVER. With that bold statement, I'll be damned if I miss out on a piece (or even seconds) on Thanksgiving. It comes just once a year, and I intend on enjoying it along with the other sinful foods for that one day a year.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
It seems like every year, my mom and/or my dad is on a diet this time of year, so she always makes a crustless pumpkin pie that she sweetens with Splenda. It's not terrible if you like pumpkin, but sometimes you just have to go for the pecan pie.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
Both! I eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving and Christmas, calories be damned.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
...on that note, while I like them both, pumpkin is definitely my favorite so those numbers make me pretty happy, lol.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
Anon1010, but knowing what the nutritional value of your food is sometimes helps make the decision if you have to pick between the two, or it's what you need to prevent going back for another slice if you don't need it. We're here to discuss nutrition, weight loss, maintenance, getting in shape and knowing the nutritional value of the food you're eating is part of that. In the world of eating healthy, ignorance is NOT bliss.
hr4740 hr4740 5 years
I love pecan pie, and I like pumpkin as well. But as it's Thanksgiving (or Christmas) I'm going to pick whatever pie I feel like eating at that time. I figure since it's a once a year treat, I can do what I want. Life is about enjoyment, and I'm going to enjoy some pie on a holiday, regardless of calories.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
mmm i like pumpkin more so this is ok for me!
tuliprush tuliprush 5 years
Pumpkin, hands down!!! I can't believe the difference in stats between these two pies. Luckily for me, I don't like pecans, so I've never had an interest in pecan pie.
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