It’s Thanksgiving day. You walk into your kitchen and get a blast of the freshly baked food: sweet cranberry sauce, hot gravy, buttery mashed potatoes, cold pumpkin pie, salty green bean casserole, warm cornbread, and there even might be monkey bread stuffing. But over in the next corner, a big giant box of pizza is sitting opened on a table. And inside there is… pizza with gravy instead of tomato sauce?
Well, people may actually like that. Anyways, everyone knows that there are definitely some foods that are too unhealthy for Thanksgiving.
According to the article, “Top 10 Least Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes”, by Marissa Lippert, some extremely unhealthy foods are spinach and artichoke dips, deep fried turkey, candied sweet potatoes, and even pecan pie.
Spinach and artichoke dips are usually loaded with mayonnaise, cream cheese, and sometimes sour cream; all of these which are filled up with saturated fat and can impact a person’s cholesterol.
Deep fried turkey is another dish full of excess calories and saturated fat. Lippert states, “…the real difference between white and dark meat, an average serving of dark meat with skin hits about 200 calories and 8g fat. Save nearly 100 calories and 13 grams of fat by choosing white meat from the breast and skipping the skin.”
Candied sweet potatoes are loaded up with brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows, and that equals the biggest calorie-bomb. There are 836 calories in one pack of brown sugar and 810 in a stick of butter.
A slice of pecan pie can add 200 to 300 extra calories to a Thanksgiving dessert compared to a lighter piece of pumpkin pie.
Now that the facts are on the table, one thing must be decided.