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The least healthy Thanksgiving dishes on your table

Thanksgiving Day is packed with delicious foods, and if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet or watch your waistline, that can make sitting around the table tricky. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice all the things you love if you’re aware of which dishes carry the most calories, fats, and sugar so you can fill up your plate wisely. These dishes are some of the worst options that traditionally get served on Thanksgiving, so think twice before reaching for them or take a smaller portion if you can’t give them up.

Fried turkey

Fried turkey is not only bad for your health—it can also leave you celebrating Thanksgiving in the ER. Frying the turkey is unnecessary, since roasted turkey is already a beloved dish. Frying mishaps are also notorious for causing house fires and severe burns that need emergency care.

If you decide to skip frying your turkey, choose your roasted turkey meat wisely. You can save a significant amount of calories by eating white meat and removing the skin.

Candied sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, so the addition of brown sugar and marshmallows isn’t really required to get the taste. Add to that the fact that many candied sweet potato recipes also have pecans and lots of butter, and you can see how the calories and fats skyrocket.

You can bring out the sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes by drizzling them with balsamic vinegar or maple syrup before roasting or adding a touch of honey and cinnamon before serving.

Pumpkin cheesecake

Pumpkin pie is usually considered to be the healthiest of the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, but changing it into a cheesecake changes that. Adding cream cheese significantly increases the fat and calories.

For a better option, go for plain pumpkin pie or a fruit-based pie. Fruit crisps using seasonal fruits can also be a healthier choice.

Good Samaritan Hospital is here around the clock throughout the holiday season to ensure that your celebrations stay as healthy as possible. Visit us if you need emergency care in San Jose or contact us for a referral to one of our specialists if your health takes hit during the holidays. To contact our hospital, please call (888) 724-2362.