How to Choose: Apple Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie?

Published on Mon Nov 21 14:00:00 UTC 2011
Matthew Thompson

How to Choose: Apple Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie?

Q: “Which is healthier: apple or pumpkin pie?”

A: After a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, there comes a period of time in which I can’t even think about food. It’s a time for watching football or listening to a sibling snore on the couch, maybe knocking out a little dishwashing if I’m feeling ambitious. For a few hours, the house goes quiet as people enjoy the satisfaction of a post-meal stupor. Sooner or later, however, a pang of hunger finally comes back. And when it does: Pie.

Pie is point-after-touchdown of Thanksgiving Day. After enjoying one of the most delicious meals of the year, you get treated to an added bonus: a rich, sweet, flaky dessert. Talk about something to be thankful for!

But for the health-conscious, that extra treat can mean extra stress. It’s no fun to have to choose between potentially wrecking your diet and abstaining from part of the day’s celebration, especially when most people answer the question of whether they’d prefer apple pie or pumpkin with, “Both!”

Fortunately for those who’d like to indulge—but only a little!—EatingWell has a great comparison of which is healthier: apple or pumpkin pie. By comparing the nutritional impact of each (and each pie’s bonus nutritional pluses, as well!), we can help you make a decision about what makes sense for you during Thanksgiving’s final, delicious stage.

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