Health Watch — Holiday Weight Gain: Making Good Choices

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 This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about enjoying the holidays without gaining weight. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it may help to focus on foods you should have instead of on forbidden treats.

There are a lot of popular holiday foods that are actually good for you. For instance, turkey — the centerpiece of many holiday dinners — is low in fat and a good source of zinc and protein. Sweet potatoes — without too much butter and brown sugar — are loaded with vitamins. Nuts and cranberries are also good nutrition choices. Red wine has been shown to have heart health benefits, and it’s much lower in calories than eggnog or most mixed drinks.

If you focus on trying to eat all the treats that are good for you, then you’ll have less room in your stomach to load up on higher calorie foods.


November 2007

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