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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while certain staple foods should be avoided, there are some healthy foods that you can safely eat.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner usually consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, candied yams, cranberry sauce and apple pie. But the truth is that almost everything mentioned is bad for your health. Make sure you're eating the white meat of the turkey instead of the dark meat; substitute candied yams for plain yams, and replace apple pie with a pumpkin pie.

A healthy diet is essential for helping maintain your body's everyday functions. Nutritious foods are those that contain vitamins and minerals — calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin D, and potassium, to name a few. Try to minimize your intake of processed foods, saturated fats, artificial sweeteners and refined grains. Before you pick up your fork and begin to indulge in your Thanksgiving meal, it's important to educate yourself on the foods that are actually good for you.

Thanksgiving Foods That Are Actually Good For You

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