The 12 best and worst holiday desserts for your health

With the holiday season comes a countless number of parties with incredibly tempting dessert tables.                        

Not all desserts are created equal, however. The calories from all the fudge you're eating -- at around 100 calories per piece -- can add some unwanted inches to your waistline. And the beloved fruitcake? At around 300 calories per slice (blame the rum), it's actually one of the worst desserts you can eat.

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WORST: Pecan pie

Nutrition (1 slice): 500 calories and 30 g of sugar 

BEST: Pumpkin pie

Nutrition (1 slice): 316 calories and 25 g of sugar

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WORST: Frosted sugar cookies

Nutrition (1 cookie): 166 calories and 15 g of sugar

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BEST: Meringue cookies

Nutrition (1 cookie): 5 to 15 calories and 1 to 2 g of sugar

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WORST: White chocolate peppermint bark

Nutrition (1 square): 180 calories and 10 g of sugar

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BEST: Dark chocolate truffles

Nutrition (1 piece): 50 calories and 5 g of sugar

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WORST: Gingerbread cake with frosting on top

Nutrition (2" slice): 260 calories

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BEST: Gingerbread cookies

Nutrition (1 cookie): 115 calories and 8 g of sugar

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WORST: Fruit cake

Nutrition (1 slice): 300 calories and 30 g of sugar

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BEST: Linzer cookies

Nutrition (1 cookie): 100 calories and 6 to 10 g of sugar

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WORST: Fudge

Nutrition (1" square): 100 calories

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BEST: Biscotti

Nutrition (1 cookie): 100 calories -- or less!

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However, there are some healthy alternatives, like meringue and gingerbread cookies, that you can snack on without worrying about sabotaging your healthy diet. 

But with the holidays happening only once a year, make sure you remember to indulge a little. Moderation is key! Check out the slideshow above for the best and worst holiday desserts for your health, including the pie you should avoid at all costs. 

RELATED: The best and worst cereals for your health:

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BEST: Cheerios 

Nutrition (1 cup): 111 calories, 1.77 g fat (0.36 g saturated), 213 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 3.6 g fiber, 1.1 g sugars, 3.5 g protein.

WORST: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Nutrition (1 cup): 170 calories, 4 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 240 mg sodium, 33 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 1.5 g protein

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BEST: Kix

Nutrition (1 cup): 110 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 180 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 2 g protein.

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WORST: Apple Jacks

Nutrition (1 cup): 110 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 135 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 1 g protein.

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BEST: Kashi Go Lean Crunch

Nutrition (1 cup): 190 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated), 100 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 13 g sugars, 9 g protein.

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WORST: Trix

Nutrition (1 cup): 130 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 160 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 10 g sugars, 1 g protein.

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BEST: Grape Nuts

Nutrition (1 cup): 210 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 270 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 8 g protein.

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WORST: Honey Smacks

Nutrition (1 cup): 133 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 53 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 20 g sugars, 2.7 g protein.

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BEST: Mini Wheats

Nutrition (1 cup): 190 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 5 g protein.

(Kellogg's)

WORST: Lucky Charms

Nutrition (1 cup): 147 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 227 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 2.7 g fiber, 13 g sugars, 2.7 g protein.

BEST: Cascadian Farm Organic Fruitful O's

Nutrition (3/4 cup): 100 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 130 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 8 g sugars, 2 g protein.

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WORST: Corn Pops

Nutrition (1 cup): 120 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 105 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 1 g protein.

(AOL)

BEST: Fiber One

Nutrition (1 cup): 120 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 220 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, 28 g fiber, 0 g sugars, 4 g protein.

(General Mills)

WORST: Golden Grahams

Nutrition (1 cup): 160 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 320 mg sodium, 36 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 13 g sugars, 2 g protein.

(AOL)

BEST: Special K Red Berries

Nutrition (1 cup): 110 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 190 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 2 g protein.

WORST: Froot Loops

Nutrition (1 cup): 110 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 135 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 1 g protein (per 1 cup).

(AOL)

BEST: Nature's Path Organic Millet Rice

Nutrition (1 cup): 120 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 115 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 4 g protein.

WORST: Cookie Crisp

Nutrition (1 cup): 117 calories, 0.9 g fat (0.18 g saturated), 178 mg sodium, 26.4 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 12.6 g sugars, 1 g protein.

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BEST: Kashi Honey Puffs

Nutrition (1 cup): 120 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 3 g protein.

(Kashi)

WORST: Cocoa Pebbles

Nutrition (1 cup): 160 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated), 227 mg sodium, 33 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 13 g sugars, 1 g protein (per 1 cup).

(AOL)

BEST: Barbara's Puffins Original Cereal

Nutrition (3/4 cup): 90 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 190 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 2 g protein.

(Barbara's)

WORST: Cap'n Crunch

Nutrition (1 cup): 144 calories, 2.09 g fat (0.54 g saturated), 270 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 15.69 g sugars, 1.57 g protein.

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