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How unhealthy is a slice of birthday cake?

My daughter turned eight this past week.  Birthdays are always a favorite celebration of mine because I am a cake fiend.  It doesn’t matter what form or flavor it is – or what kind of frosting it has – buttercream, cream cheese, whipped cream.  They are all my favorites.

Yes, folks – dietitians also have their weaknesses when it comes to food.

So needless to say, I was super excited to bring home the insane cake we ordered for my daughter from the local grocery store.  It was a beautiful Monster High chocolate sheet cake with fudge filling and buttercream frosting in multiple colors.  

Do I even need to remind everyone how unhealthy something like this is?  Didn’t think so.  I need to remind myself, however, because there’s still half the cake left in my fridge and I need to try to prevent myself from eating it all.

Here’s the sad nutrition info for a piece of buttercream frosting birthday cake (1/20 of cake):

Calories

310 

Sodium

310 mg

Total Fat

16 g

Potassium

0 mg

Saturated

5 g

Total Carbs

31 g

Polyunsaturated

0 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Monounsaturated

0 g

Sugars

30 g

Trans

3 g

Protein

4 g

Cholesterol

25 mg

Not only is it high in calories and saturated fat, it has 3g of trans fat in one slice.  These are the worst fats because they can both lower good cholesterol and increase bad cholesterol levels.  You’re not supposed to consume more than 2g a day, and a piece contains more than that.

It’s a sad, sad truth my friends.  At least birthdays only come around once a year.

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