Health Watch -- Thanksgiving and Nutrition

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Dieters often approach Thanksgiving with dread. All that rich food and feasting can undo a year's worth of careful eating. But nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say you can enjoy many traditional Thanksgiving foods without derailing your diet.

Turkey breast is a good, low-fat source of protein. Just don't eat the skin, where much of the fat is, and skip the gravy. Pumpkin pie is actually one of the best dessert options around, nutrition-wise. The pumpkin filling is relatively low in fat while containing fiber and vitamin A. To make it an even better diet option, skip the crust and serve it as custard.

You can make the rest of the meal a better fit for your diet by preparing the vegetable side dishes without cream sauces. Include a few low-fat, low-calorie options, like a green salad or fruit bowl.

Next on "Healthwatch": fitting a feast into your diet.

Nov. 2004

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