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Like many desserts, the majority of the calories in cherry pie come from fat and sugar. However, because cherry pie contains fruit, it contains more vitamins and minerals than some other desserts. For example, one piece of cherry pie supplies more than 5 percent of the daily value of nine different vitamins and minerals, while one slice of vanilla cake supplies more than 5 percent of only three of these nutrients.
One slice of commercially prepared cherry pie, which is about 1/8 of a 9 in. pie, contains 325 calories. These calories are composed of about 55 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent fat and 5 percent protein. Because protein comes primarily from animal products and legumes, most desserts are low in this nutrient.
Cherry pie contains all three types of carbohydrates: fiber, sugar and starch. One slice of pie contains 50 g of carbohydrates. One gram of these carbohydrates is fiber. This provides less than 5 percent of the daily value of fiber for both women and men. An additional 18 g of the carbohydrates in 1 slice of pie come from sugar. This sugar is a combination of the natural sugar found in the cherries and added sugar, which typically is sucrose. The remaining carbohydrates in cherry pie are starch, which is a complex carbohydrate.
One slice of cherry pie contains 14 g of fat. Of these 14 g of fat, 3.2 g are saturated fat. Unlike the more heart-healthy unsaturated fats, saturated fat can lead to plaque build-up on your artery walls, which can lead to heart disease 1. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fat intake to about 16 g per day 1.
Although it is sweet in taste, commercially prepared cherry pie contains a large amount of sodium. One serving contains 308 mg, which provides 14 percent of the maximum amount, which is 2,300 mg, recommended per day by the USDA. African Americans, adults over 50 and those with heart or kidney disease should limit their intakes to 1,500 mg per day, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2. The amount in one slice of pie provides 21 percent of this amount.
Other Minerals and Vitamins
Because cherry pie contains cherries, which are high in vitamins and minerals, it does contain small amounts of a variety of these nutrients. One slice provides 8 percent of the daily value of manganese, 5 percent of phosphorus and 6 percent of copper. Manganese and phosphorus are important for the formation of strong bones. Copper helps you form red blood cells. Cherry pie also provides 8 percent of vitamin B-6, 9 percent of folate, 7 percent of vitamin A, 6 percent of vitamin E and 8 percent of the daily value of vitamin K. Folate and B-6 both help to prevent anemia. Vitamin A is important for healthy eyes, vitamin E supports the immune system and vitamin K is essential for blood clotting.
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