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Making Heart-Healthy Food Choices This Thanksgiving

November 12, 2012

It is difficult not to over-indulge on Thanksgiving, but we should nevertheless try to not to neglect our heart health. The trick is to select foods that are heart healthy and avoid overeating in general.

Here is a list of recommended foods for your Thanksgiving dinner:


Heart Healthy Thanksgiving TipsTurkey is one of the healthiest kinds of meat. A 3-oz serving of skinless lean white meat gives you 25 grams of protein, and it contains only 3 grams of fat and no more than 1 gram of saturated fat. This white meat is also rich in arginine, an amino acid that facilitates the production of new protein and nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a substance that can relax arteries and keep them open.


Cranberries contain many different kinds of antioxidants. The results of a standard test show that they rank near the top among foods that can neutralize unstable molecules that cause damage to proteins, cell membranes, cell machinery, and DNA. If you want to have a less sugary and tastier cranberry sauce, use whole berries instead of canned ones.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium, and fiber, and they can be used to make delectable desserts.


Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient for pies and custards, and it is also beneficial to your health. It is low in calories and fat, and rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, and potassium.


Most nuts, including pecans, contain high amounts of heart healthy fats. There are approximately 20 grams of unsaturated fat in 20 pecan halves. According to studies, people who eat nuts regularly have a lower chance of dying of heart disease than people who do not.

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