Apple Pie

ORAC Value:
μ mol TE/100g.

The antioxidant value of Apple Pie described in ORAC units is: 190 μ mol TE/100g.


Is there such thing as a healthy apple pie? In this test, the researchers analyzed the total amount of antioxidant content in Berthas apple pie. This was conducted in Norway and apparently, we assume this must be a Norwegian brand. Though a search didn't yield any results on it and the report only identifies it as being an apple pie. With the exception of the brand, no other details are provided. Therefore it's impossible to know if this is something along the lines of a homemade recipe type, or a highly processed snack you may pick up on the shelf of a convenience store. We assume it's the former rather than the latter, given the dietary habits in that region of the world (they're much better than us Americans).

With that caveat said, the value of 190 is very little. It's comparable to what you would expect from fast food. If you compare the nutritional value of this apple pie vs. fresh apples, the difference is night and day. On average, raw fresh apples with their skin have an ORAC of 3,049... that's about 1,500% more antioxidants than the pie provides, assuming you're comparing the two on an equal weights basis.

If you're making it homemade, a more nutritious apple pie recipe would be easy by adding lots of healthy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

ORAC Source

Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't: Carlsen MH, Halvorsen BL, Holte K, et al. Nutrition Journal NIH Nov 2012