The Best (And Worst) Thanksgiving Foods For Your Health

On Thanksgiving, many people give up all notions of health. A full meal of turkey, rolls, and pie can’t possibly be healthy–right? The truth is that you can have a healthy Thanksgiving dinner. It all depends on knowing what’s good for you and what isn’t.

Believe it or not, you can have gravy and pie for dinner if you understand the health aspects. Settle the debate over store-bought and homemade cranberry, and your body will reap the benefits. Here are some common Thanksgiving foods that affect your health in positive or negative ways.

Boxed Stuffing Is The Worst

Boxes of Stove Top stuffing are wrapping in plastic.
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Although boxed stuffing saves time, it comes with a nutritional cost. According to registered dietitian and nutritionist Elizabeth Huggins, boxed stuffing is terribly high in sodium. “The fresh, savory flavor is often overpowered by the salty taste,” adds the Hilton Head Health nutritionist.

Many store-bought stuffings boast “enriched wheat flour.” This flour undergoes a bleaching process that strips it of all nutritional value. Plus, it adds more calories than whole wheat flour. If you’re a stuffing fan, you may want to take the time to bake home-made, low-sodium stuffing.