The 6 Worst Desserts for Your Health

Pecan Pie

Pecan pie has been gracing Thanksgiving tables for decades because, well, it’s hard to beat the classics. But a single slice can contain more than 500 calories, 27 grams of fat and 31 grams of sugar. Based on a 2,000 calorie/day diet, that’s a quarter of your daily calories and almost half of your daily fat intake in just one slice! Although the impressive calorie count could deter even the most passionate of pie lovers, the real danger here is the sugar and fat content. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that less than 10 percent of your total energy intake come from sugar. And decreasing that to number to 5 percent is even better for your health! At 31 grams of sugar, a single slice of pecan pie packs quite the sugar punch. The WHO also recommends healthy adult consume no more than 65 grams of fat per day. If you need a sweet treat after dinner, opt for pumpkin pie instead. At around 300 calories, 14 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar, pumpkin pie is a much better choice. Pumpkin pie still contains a lot of fat and sugar, however, so moderation is key.
Review Date: 
December 1, 2015

Last Updated:
December 1, 2015