Health Watch — Thanksgiving: Nutrients

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Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start planning your feast. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about ways to keep the big Thanksgiving dinner from being hazardous to your health.

Although we think of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner as a nutritional nightmare, nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say many of the foods often served at Thanksgiving are quite good for you. For instance, registered dietitian Lona Sandon says that turkey is an excellent source of protein and zinc. Cranberries are full of vitamin C and disease-fighting antioxidants. Pumpkin is a good source of vitamins A and C, along with fiber and potassium. Pumpkin pie is one of the better dessert choices, with half the calories of pecan pie and the nutrients that come from pumpkin.

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November 2008