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Nutrition in a Whole Foods Fruit Tart

author image Kimberly Schaub
Kimberly Schaub is a nutritionist, writer and cook whose passions have led from serving in the United States Air Force (2005-2006) to R&D for Day by Day Gourmet (2009) and into professional writing for publications since 2006. She has been published in Pepperdine's "Graphic," "That's Natural in Pueblo" and "Pike Place Market News." Schaub earned her Bachelor of Science in nutrition at Pepperdine.
Nutrition in a Whole Foods Fruit Tart
Fruit tarts might sound healthy but beware of calories and sugar. Photo Credit: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

The Whole Foods Market Fruit Tart is made from a pre-baked tart shell, pre-made lemon curd, and assorted fruit. While slightly different from a traditional fruit tart recipe, it is equally indulgent. The nutritional values of fruit tarts varies by the crust types, pudding or fruit fillings, and portion sizes and are often high in fat, sugar, and calories. You can adjust the ingredients in the fruit tart to make it slightly healthier.

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Whole Foods Fruit Tart

According to the Whole Foods recipe for a fresh berry tart, the tart is easily assembled using pre-made ingredients, which standardizes the ingredient filling and crust. If you were to choose different fruit with which to layer the tart, then you could affect the vitamin and mineral content but are not likely to affect the fat content. The Whole Foods Market website reports that one slice contains 620 calories, 400 of which are from fat; 44g total fat, 27g of which are saturated; 46g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 34g sugar, and 12g protein. Despite the appeal of being a fruit tart, the tart is very high in calories and fat.

Traditional Fruit Tart

A traditional fruit tart recipe exposes the reasons for the high calories and fat., as it is comprised of a tart dough made of flour, egg, butter, and sugar; a pastry cream made of milk, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and liqueur; a variety of fruit; and an apricot glaze. These ingredients add up to result in a high calorie, sweet, creamy dessert with just enough fruit to make it seem like a healthier option than chocolate cake.

Nutritional Fruit Tart Options

The Whole Foods fruit tart is an indulgent dessert, but you can still enjoy it with some modifications. While the original fruit tart recipe is designed to serve just six or eight diners, you can cut the tart into smaller slices, serving ten or even twelve guests. You can also check the Whole Foods Market bakery section for smaller pre-made tart shells with which to make the fruit tart. This way, you will also be able to control portion sizes without affecting the recipe.

Making the Whole Foods Fruit Tart Healthier

Since the recipe is partially homemade, you can exchange the tart crust for an unsweetened pie crust or reduced fat graham cracker crust to reduce the amount of fat in the recipe. Forego the lemon curd and substitute a reduced fat lemon pudding or citrus-infused instant vanilla pudding to reduce the rest of the fat. The Eating Well website shows that you could also use a flavored yogurt instead of pastry cream. When you layer the fruit on the tart, be generous, because fruit is naturally sweet and fat free.

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