The Thanksgiving meal is like a “Greatest Hits” album of your favorite family recipes. Whether it’s your aunt’s signature marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, or your cousin’s signature sweet-and-sour pot roast, eating these delectable, love-cooked dishes, is what makes the holiday dinner so special. This is not the day to count the calories in that slice of pumpkin pie, or carefully measure a scoop of mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving can be your reward for all the discipline you’ve shown throughout the year.
With that being said, there are a few dishes (some obvious and some surprising) that should be eaten in moderation, or skipped altogether. In order to determine which foods made the cut we asked doctors, whose expertise ranges from bariatric surgery to weight loss, what they wouldn’t eat at Thanksgiving dinner and why. Though answers varied, there was a general consensus that calories shouldn’t be wasted before the meal actually begins. That means saying no to appetizers, bread baskets, and dips. Nutritionists and doctors both agree that it’s best to never go to the Thanksgiving meal hungry.
Here are 11 foods that doctors wouldn’t eat at Thanksgiving dinner— and why.