Thanksgiving is: a) about the thanks; b) about the food; and c) about the football. As a doctor, I want to concentrate this blog post on the food. If you?re like most Americans, you feel like a glutton after Thanksgiving dinner. And while we would all do well to control our portion sizes, traditional Thanksgiving foods are pretty doggone healthy.
Pumpkin, for instance, is packed with Vitamin A and fiber, and (without all the sugar and cream) it?s low in calories. If you prefer sweet potato pie, you?ll still get a healthy dose of Vitamin C and potassium.
Cranberries are filled with Vitamin C, dietary fiber, manganese, and antioxidants. If you like cranberry sauce, eat up!
Green beans are amazing. They?re low in calories and high in Vitamins C, K, and A, as well as manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and iron. If you can do without the cream sauce or butter, go ahead and have a double helping of green beans on Thursday.
As for oral health, I always recommend dairy, including cheese, and be sure to rinse your mouth with water after each grazing session (meal or snack).