Swapping out heavy ingredients can mean healthier eating without the guilt, experts say
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A few healthy substitutions in your Thanksgiving recipes can help reduce the calorie content of your food without sacrificing the taste, says the American Medical Association.
"Thanksgiving isn't usually a calorie-conscious holiday, but by swapping out a few ingredients with healthier alternatives, you can really help reduce calorie and fat intake while keeping great flavor," Dr. J. James Rohack, AMA president-elect, said in a news release.
As part of its "Healthier Life Steps" campaign, the AMA offers the following healthful holiday cooking tips:
The AMA also offers some advice on how to avoid putting on extra pounds when you attend holiday get-togethers:
"Thanksgiving is the gateway to the holiday season, when many people ingest lots of calories in food and beverages and don't get enough physical activity to burn those extra calories," Rohack said. "By making a plan early to maintain healthy lifestyle throughout the season, you can enjoy yourself without having to pay for it in the new year."
Holiday food safety is another important issue. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these food safety tips.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Medical Association, news release, Nov. 13, 2008
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