Medical Minute 12-30: Holiday Foods

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Pull out the knives and grab the cutting board. After raising two kids, Deborah Woodard knows exactly how to prep for Christmas dinner.

"You take your recipes. If you got to buy sour cream, you put that on the list ... butter," said Woodard.

However, those rich foods are the season's biggest bugaboo. The National Institute of Health now says Americans gain an average of one full pound from holiday eating. Virginia Commonwealth University's Doctor Daphne Bryan says that's a problem.

"This time of the year is a very dangerous, so to speak, part of the year," said Daphne Bryan, M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

The average holiday meal can hit 3500 calories, which equals one full pound of body fat. The solution?

"Just have more vegetables be a part of our holiday season," said Daphne Bryan, M.D.

And cut back on starches and sugars. A menu with dark meat turkey, a cup of stuffing, and jellied cranberry sauce runs about 1300 calories. Turkey breast, a cup of green bean casserole and homemade cranberry sauce runs less than 800 calories.

"The fun is watching people enjoy it," said Deborah Woodard.

Maybe so mom, but low-calorie stuff tastes good too. Those apples are a start.

For More Information, Contact:Malorie Janis / Public Relations Specialist Virginia Commonwealth University804-827-0889


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