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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
Total Fat (g)
Carbs (g)
Fiber (g)
Sugar (g)
Protein (g)

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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