Can’t pick which slice to indulge in? It’s easy as pie, actually!
It may be hard to see the resemblance at first, but Kendall Jenner and your Thanksgiving turkey have a lot in common. They both get tons of attention, but at the end of the day, they’re both overshadowed by their curvier, sweeter siblings. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about Kim Kardashian—and pie, the flaky, round pastry that makes fielding Uncle Jim’s awkward dinner questions totally worthwhile. It goes without saying that you’re going to eat a slice or two—even if you’re trying to watch your weight. But that doesn’t mean you have to gobble down the very worst slice on the table to satisfy your taste buds.
To help you pick the best indulgence for your belly, the staff at Eat This, Not That! took a look at America’s most popular pies. After examining the nutritional profiles of each, we ranked them by their calorie, fat, and sugar contents. Although the actual nutritional numbers of your mom’s recipe may vary, we’ve gotten pretty close to what you can expect on your table this year.
From Best to Worst…
Coconut Cream Pie
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 240 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 260 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 25 g sugar, 2 g protein
Of all the pies on your holiday table, this airy tropical-flavored treat is the very best bet for your waistline. You have its “topless” design and egg-based filling to thank for that.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 262 calories, 10 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 145 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 2 g protein
Strawberry pie is another variation that’s usually made without a top crust, which helps to keep the calorie and fat count on the conservative side.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 290 calories, 12.5 g fat, g saturated fat, 359 mg sodium, 43.6 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 12.4 g sugar, 2.2 g protein
This oft-overlooked pie is surprisingly low in sugar compared to the other options on your holiday table. Plus, the berries pack a big antioxidant punch and can help your body stave off heart disease and cancer. It’s a win-win your taste buds and your waistline are sure to love.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 302 calories, 12 g fat, 2.4 g saturated fat, 297 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 4.8 g protein
Not only is this slice one of the best bets for your belly, it’s also high in beta-carotene, a nutrient that fights prostate cancer, protects your eyesight, and keeps mucous membranes resistant to infection. Pair your slice with a cup of one of these weight loss teas for a healthy—yet totally comforting—dessert.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 340 calories, 17 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 390 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 2 g protein
The phytonutrients in apples may help fight colon and liver cancers, but you’ll want to skip the ice-cream topper if you decide to indulge. Although this slice ranks high on our list, it already contributes enough calories to your meal.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 340 calories, 17 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 370 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 3 g protein
Cherries are chock-full of anthocyanins, which increase the strength of blood vessels and protect your lungs from smoke. Bonus: This pie is surprisingly low in sugar for a dessert. For an added hit of vitamins, top your slice with a serving of fresh cherries. Noshing on the fruit will keep your hands occupied so you aren’t tempted to go back for more treats.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 340 calories, 19 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 350 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 3 g protein
Although this pie is more popular during the summer months, many people still include it as part of their Thanksgiving spread. This is another pie that’s lower in sugar than we anticipated, but its high fat content still makes us raise an eyebrow. Indulge if you must, but we suggest steering clear of fattier side dishes like mac and cheese if you don’t want to bust a button.
Sweet Potato Pie
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 330 calories, 13 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 270 mg sodium, 48 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 4 g protein
A single slice of this Southern delicacy carries more than day’s worth of sugar! If you decide to indulge, cut yourself off after round one. And if Grandma sends you home with leftover treats, fight the urge to nibble them all at once with the help of some low-calorie snacks.
Mixed Berry Pie
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 340 calories, 17 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 330 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 3 g protein
Raspberries and blueberries and strawberries, oh my! A mixed berry pie packs a hefty vitamin and antioxidant punch, but its health benefits are a bit overshadowed by the artery-clogging saturated fat in the crust. But honestly, did you expect anything less? We’re talking about pie, after all!
Banana Cream Pie
Filled with bananas and a just-sweet-enough pudding mixture, this classic recipe may look a bit healthier than the rest, but in reality, it falls towards the middle of the lot. If you want something creamy for fewer calories, have some bread pudding instead. A standard serving of a homemade recipe will cost you a cool 190 calories.
AND THE #1 WORST PIE IS…
Peanut Butter Pie
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 531 calories, 41 g fat, 19 g saturated fat, 390 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 2.1 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 11 g protein
Cream cheese, peanut butter, peanut butter cups, confectioners sugar, and whipped topping all join together to create this caloric, fat-filled, mushy mess of a dessert. You could literally down 14 mini peanut butter cups and still not take in as many calories or fat. This is a definite Not That! Just say no when Uncle Joe offers you a slice—no matter how much slack he gives you.