A Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie, available both in both single and family packs, features two soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with a layer of sweet, white cream in between. Commonly found in grocery stores across the United States, Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies are popular snack cakes offered by McKee Foods Corporation, the company that produces Little Debbie baked goods.
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One Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie, consisting of 2 cookies and approximately 1 tablespoon of white cream, contains 170 calories. Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, one pie comprises 8.5 percent of your daily meal plan. While it does fit into the correct calorie range for a snack -- 100 to 200 calories, according to The Diet Channel -- there are healthier snack choices, such as a serving of fresh fruit.
Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies have quite a bit of fat. Each serving has 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of which are saturated. Saturated fat should not compose more than 7 percent of your total daily fat intake, or roughly 15 grams, according to the American Heart Association. Also known as the “bad” type of fat, saturated fat may raise your cholesterol. One pie provides 1 gram of protein and 26 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of which is fiber. Your meal plan requires 46 to 56 grams of protein, as per the Institute of Medicine, and 130 grams of carbohydrates each day to meet your health needs.
A Little Debbie Creme Pie contains 4 percent of the daily recommended intake of iron. Your body primarily uses iron to make red blood cells. Inadequate levels of iron in your meal plan can result in a condition called anemia, which may cause headaches, fatigue and pale skin. Those at the highest risk of developing anemia include pregnant women, children and young women. Little Debbie Creme Pies may not be the best choice to meet your iron requirements.
One Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie has 12 grams of sugar, half to almost half of the recommended daily limit of 25.2 to 37.8 grams. The Cleveland Clinic website reports that a significant number of Americans eat approximately 93 grams of sugar each day, a level that may contribute toward the obesity problem in the United States.
- Walmart.com: Little Debbie Snacks: Oatmeal Creme Pies Nutrition Data
- The Diet Channel: Calories: What's an Ideal Daily Intake?
- Institute of Medicine: Dietary Reference Intakes
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Iron
- LittleDebbie.com: Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies
- Cleveland Clinic: Eating Too Much Sugar? It's Time to Tame Your Sweet Tooth