Christmas carols mention holiday foods that make tasty temptations

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Emily Langer and Leigh Lambert
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make . . . it hard to eat well this time of year. If the spreads at holiday parties weren't enough to derail a diet, there are all those tempting Christmas carols. Below, we take a look at the nutritional value, or non-value, of some of the most-sung-about holiday dishes.

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"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . ."

-- "The Christmas Song"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 6 chestnuts

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 123

Total Fat 1 g/2%

Saturated Fat 0 g/0%

Cholesterol 0 mg/0%

Sodium 1 mg/0%

Total Carbohydrate 27 g/9%

Dietary Fiber 3 g/12%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 2 g

"Now bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer."

-- "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Nutrition Facts

1 slice

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 676

Total Fat 31 g/48%

Saturated Fat 18 g/90%

Cholesterol 99 mg/33%

Sodium 293 mg/12%

Total Carbohydrate 54 g/18%

Dietary Fiber 4 g/16%

Sugars 32 g

Protein 6 g

"Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green . . . "

--"Here We Come A-Wassailing"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 6 oz.

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 71

Total Fat 0 g/0%

Saturated Fat 0 g/0%

Cholesterol 0 mg/0%

Sodium 4 mg/0%

Total Carbohydrate 12 g/4%

Dietary Fiber 0 g/0%

Sugars 9 g

Protein 0 g

"On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge . . . "

--"The 12 Days of Christmas"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 oz. quail

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 218

Total Fat 14 g/22%

Saturated Fat 4 g/20%

Cholesterol 86 mg/29%

Sodium 60 mg/3%

Total Carbohydrate 0 g/0%

Dietary Fiber 0 g/0%

Sugars 0 g

Protein 22 g

" . . . in a pear tree."

--"The 12 Days of Christmas"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 pear

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 96

Total Fat 0 g/0%

Saturated Fat 0 g/0%

Cholesterol 0 mg/0%

Sodium 2 mg/0%

Total Carbohydrate 26 g/9%

Dietary Fiber 5 g/20%

Sugars 16 g

Protein 1 g

"There's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy when they pass around the coffee and the . . . "

--"Sleigh Ride"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 8 oz.

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 2

Total Fat 0 g/0%

Saturated Fat 0 g/0%

Cholesterol 0 mg/0%

Sodium 5 mg/0%

Total Carbohydrate 0 g/0%

Dietary Fiber 0 g/0%

Sugars 0 g

Protein 0 g

" . . . pumpkin pie."

--"Sleigh Ride"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 229

Total Fat 10 g/15%

Saturated Fat 2 g/10%

Cholesterol 22 mg/7%

Sodium 307 mg/13%

Total Carbohydrate 30 g/10%

Dietary Fiber 3 g/12%

Sugars 15 g

Protein 4 g

"Bring me flesh . . . "

--"Good King Wenceslas"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 oz. filet mignon

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 203

Total Fat 10 g/15%

Saturated Fat 4 g/20%

Cholesterol 78 mg/26%

Sodium 52 mg/2%

Total Carbohydrate 0 g/0%

Dietary Fiber 0 g/0%

Sugars 0 g

Protein 26 g

" . . . and bring me wine."

--"Good King Wenceslas"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 6 oz. red wine

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 150

Total Fat 0 g/0%

Saturated Fat 0 g/0%

Cholesterol 0 mg/0%

Sodium 7 mg/0%

Total Carbohydrate 5 g/2%

Dietary Fiber 0 g/0%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 0 g

"It doesn't show signs of stopping, and I've brought some corn for popping."

--"Let It Snow"

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 oz. popcorn

Amount Per Serving/% Daily Value

Calories 62

Total Fat 1 g/2%

Saturated Fat 0 g/0%

Cholesterol 0 mg/0%

Sodium 1 g/0%

Total Carbohydrate 12 g/4%

Dietary Fiber 2 g/8%

Sugars 0 g

Protein 2 g


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