Yams/Sweet potatoes: An 8-ounce sweet potato supplies a whopping 270 percent of your daily requirement for vitamin A. Unfortunately, yams offer only 1 percent. Both vegetables are good sources of vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, pantothenic acid, copper, potassium and manganese.
Should you feel guilty about Thanksgiving dinner? Not really, since many of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner foods pack a lot of nutrition…although maybe not as much if they’re swimming in gravy and butter. And it’s just once a year, so why not enjoy a nice meal with family and friends, while giving thanks for the many great things in our lives.
Here’s some of the nutrients you’re getting in your Thanksgiving dinner:
Turkey is a great source of lean protein, selenium, niacin, vitamin B6 and phosphorous, as well as tryptophan that is essential for appetite and mood regulation.
Cranberries contain vitamin C, fiber, manganese and vitamin K and are known for their help in maintaining a healthy urinary tract.
Potatoes contain vitamin C, B6, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, protein and fiber- as well as a variety of antioxidants. Keep the skin on because that is where many of the nutrients are found.
Pecans contain vitamins A and E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. They also contain fiber and protein, and are a good source of heart healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats. Just keep your slice of pecan pie small, because there are about 500 calories in 1/8th or a 9-inch pie!
Pumpkin contains potassium, zinc, dietary fiber and is rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is great for our eyesight and more.