Cakes & Pies: Calories & Nutrition Facts

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Cakes and pies cannot be considered health food by any means, but there is no harm in enjoying them in moderation from time to time – just be careful how much you eat. Refer to the calorie counter for your favorite cakes and pies to determine their calories and nutritional value.

High-Carbohydrate Content

Because cakes and pies are typically made from some type of flour, they tend to be high in both carbohydrates and calories – especially when they are made from processed rather than whole-wheat flour. The fact that cakes and pies are so high in carbs makes them a dangerous food for diabetics who need to watch their intake of simple carbohydrates. This is because they could cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Using whole-grain flour or gluten-free flours like almond flour or coconut flour could reduce the carbohydrate content of cakes and pies.

Empty Calories

Most of the calories in cakes and pies come from a combination of carbohydrates and fats – most cakes and pies do not provide a significant amount of protein. For all those calories, however, cakes and pies generally do not provide a great deal of nutritional value either. Calorie-dense ingredients like sugar, butter, and chocolate give cakes and pies a high calorie count without adding much in the way of vitamins and minerals. Cakes and pies made with whole wheat flour or fruit ingredients, however, may provide some nutritional value, but they will still be high in calories.
For the most part, cakes and pies are not a good source of nutrition, but you may be surprised to find that they can provide certain benefits. Refer to the calorie calculator for your favorite cakes and pies to determine their calories and nutritional value.

High Sugar Content

Though cakes and pies are different depending on the ingredients used to prepare them, one thing remains constant for many of them – high sugar content. Not only is sugar high in calories and low in nutritional value, but it can lead to dangerous spikes in blood sugar levels and may trigger food cravings. Individuals with diabetes need to be especially careful when eating sugary foods, but even people who are not diabetic may experience health problems from eating too much sugar. Some of the health problems you may put yourself at risk for include obesity, heart disease, cancer, and liver damage.

Cake for Breakfast

An interesting new study recently evaluated the benefits of including a dessert item such as cakes and pies with a balanced breakfast that contained both protein and carbohydrate. One group of participants was asked to eat a 300-calorie breakfast while the other ate a 600-calorie breakfast that included protein, carbohydrate, and a small dessert item – both groups of participants had the same daily calorie intake. At the end of the study, both groups lost weight but the group that had a small dessert item for breakfast experienced fewer food cravings during the day and was better able the stick to the diet after the study, resulting in more weight loss.