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The Nutritional Information of Pecan Pie

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Natalie Stein specializes in weight loss and sports nutrition. She is based in Los Angeles and is an assistant professor with the Program for Public Health at Michigan State University. Stein holds a master of science degree in nutrition and a master of public health degree from Michigan State University.
The Nutritional Information of Pecan Pie
Slicing a pecan pie on parchment paper. Photo Credit merc67/iStock/Getty Images

Whether you make your own pie from scratch or buy it from a bakery or store, pecan pie can be a delicious treat. However, it is high in calories and fat, and you might want to check its nutrition information before eating it to make sure that it fits into your meal plan. The exact nutrient content of pecan pie can vary depending on the specific brand that you buy or the exact recipe that you use.

Calories and Cholesterol

An average slice of commercially prepared pecan pie weighs 133 g, or nearly 5 oz., and it contains 541 calories. Pecan pie contains cholesterol from animal-derived ingredients such as milk and eggs, and a slice has 56 mg cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol raises levels of cholesterol in your blood, and healthy adults should have no more than 300 mg per day, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Carbohydrates and Protein

Each slice of pecan pie has 79 total carbohydrates, including about 23 g starch. Pecan pie only has 2.7 g dietary fiber, which is a plant-based nutrient that can lower your cholesterol levels. The pie has 33 g of sugar, and if you are concerned about your sugar intake, a pecan pie with no sugar added may be a better alternative. The pie has 6 g protein, or 12 percent of the recommended daily value (RDA).

Fat

Each slice of pecan pie provides 22 g total fat, including 3.5 g saturated fat, 11 g monounsaturated fat and nearly 5 g polyunsaturated fat. Pecan pie often contains shortening as an ingredient in the crust, and shortening is a common source of trans fat from partially hydrogenated oils. Trans fat raises your cholesterol levels, and you should minimize your intake, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Vitamins and Minerals

A 133-g slice of pecan pie has 210 mg sodium and 132 mg potassium, along with 1 mg iron, 29 mg magnesium and 1 mg zinc. Pecans are naturally rich in vitamin E, and a slice of pie provides 1 mg alpha-tocopherol, which is the active form of vitamin E in your body, according to the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center. The pie is a good source of vitamin K and folate.

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