Are Fruit Tarts Healthy?

Fruit Tart

 

We all crave a sweet treat now and again. The many times I’ve  visited bakeries and grocery stores, the fruit tart always seems to  scream “Look at me, I’ve got fruit on!” While fruit tarts are never my first choice of delicacy, I’ve always wondered:

What are the nutrition facts behind fruit tarts?

Glistening fruit neatly arrange sitting above a light cream and held in a crust of sorts looks fresh, inviting, not to mention a bit healthy. After all it contain fruit so in comparison to the giant eclairs sleeping next door, one may assume they’re a healthier choice. Let’s take a look at fruit tarts.

Fruit Tart Components

A quick Google search of “fruit tart recipes” results in hundreds of variations. I’ve picked a recipe from AllRecipies.com, an easy to use, resourceful guide for just about any dish. The “No Skill Fruit Tart Recipe” by AR lists the following ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries

Allrecipes  lists the steps to make the fruit tart. By preheating the oven to 450 you’ll save time as you make the mixture of dough. Then, knead the dough and let it sit. To prepare the fruit, simply toss your fruits in a mixture of sugar and cornstarch. This recipe doesn’t call for any cream, so we’ll take into account that other fruit tarts may be even higher in fat and more caloric than this one.

Fruit Tart Calorie Information

All fruit tarts are crafted uniquely and will contain different amounts of fat, carbohydrates, sugars and saturated fats dependent on the ingredients used and the serving size consumed. Going back to the Allrecipes example, they’ve included the nutrition facts for the fruit tart we talked about earlier. They get nutrition information from ESHA Research. Allrecipes makes a statement about their use of ESHA in evaluating nutrition facts,

Allrecipes is proud to provide ESHA Research’s nutrient databases for recipe nutrition analysis. ESHA Research is the premier nutrition analysis provider for the world’s nutrition and health industries, having provided nutrient information to health care providers and the world’s top food manufacturing firms for more than 15 years.

Simply another reason why I like Allrecipes. They are a trusted, legitimate source for nutrition information. Here’s what ESHA determined for the nutrition information of this fruit tart:

Fruit Tart Nutrition Facts

Analysis

The vitamins: It’s clear the fruit is providing the bulk of anything that looks remotely healthy (%DV of Vitamin C, Iron, Thiamin). If you’re looking for a treat to satisfy you, fruit tarts are certainly delicious. But it doesn’t make sense to call fruit tarts healthy, as the worst is yet to come.

The fat content is extremely high for a serving size (1/6 of the recipe). 57% of your daily value of fat is coming from this very fruit tart, so buyer beware! You’re not getting a healthy dish of dessert regardless of how sparkling with health the berries and fruits portray.

Verdict

Unfortunately for the fruit tart today we’re going with a NO to answer our question “Are Fruit Tarts Healthy?” But we’re extending a challenge out to our readers. Find a recipe or create one of your own that you believe is healthy– and we’ll feature and critique your tart!

2 comments on “Are Fruit Tarts Healthy?

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