Dietribes / Flavour of the Week

Apple Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie

holiday FoTWIt’s one of the few inner-monologue battles over the holidays – do I go with apple pie or pumpkin pie for dessert? Maybe you try to alternate years, perhaps you paper-rock-scissors to decide, or maybe you just have a slice of both!

But is there a “healthier” option? Not that all of your eating decisions are necessarily dictated by health this time of year, but for curiosity’s sake… is one better than the other?

Who will take this holiday Food Fight? The all-American classic apple pie or spicy pumpkin pie (healthy dollop of whipped cream optional)?

Apple Pie
(155 g)
  VS* Pumpkin Pie
(155 g)
16th century England Origin 17th century France
411 kcal Calories 316 kcal
19.4 g Total Fat 14.4 g
4.7 g Saturated Fat 4.9 g
3.7 g Protein 7.0 g
57.5 g Carbohydrate  40.9 g
2.3 g Fibre  2.6 g
25 μg β-carotene  7366 μg
2.6 mg Vitamin C  2.6 mg
122 mg Potassium 288 mg

No Baloney’s results? On paper, we have to give the win to pumpkin pie, purely based on fewer calories. So why is apple pie considerably higher in calories? You can thank that double-pastry crust for sinking the classic apple pie!

Don’t forget your toppings though! The ice cream scoop served with apple pie a la mode only widens pumpkin pie’s victory margin. Surprisingly, the whipped cream you have with pumpkin pie has about 30% less calories than an equivalent amount of ice cream, thanks to all of the air that’s whipped in. Try swapping out the ice cream for our new (to us) favourite of cheddar cheese with your apple pie – perfect combination of savoury and sweet!

But it’s just pie, why fight? They are both delicious and are sources of healthy antioxidants like β-carotene (pumpkin pie) and flavonoids (apple pie), so enjoy them while they last this holiday season!

Happy Holidays from No Baloney!

*Nutrition information from the Canadian Nutrient File: “Pie, apple, homemade, 2 crust” and “Pie, pumpkin, homemade”


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