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. Here are some common Thanksgiving foods that can affect your health in positive or negative ways.

Sweet Potato Casserole Is Basically A Dessert

Sweet potatoes are healthy, right? Not when they’re smothered in butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows. On average, sweet potato casseroles pack 19 grams of sugar, 45 grams of carbohydrates, and over 10 grams of fat. Even Guy Fieri, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, said, “There’s nothing I like about it at all.”

A pan of sweet potato casserole sits on a table with Thanksgiving decorations.
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Of course, there are ways to make sweet potato casserole less like a dessert. Since sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, you don’t need to add so much sugar. Replace the brown sugar and butter with honey, and add some dried fruit for texture and a healthier side dish.