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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 11/25/2010

A fresh perspective on Thanksgiving food

By Jennifer LaRue Huget

It seems it's practically incumbent upon those of us who write about health and nutrition to get ourselves into hissy fits over the dangers to our diets posed by that big Thanksgiving meal. I did it myself in Tuesday's blog!

So it's really refreshing to see a different, less-hysterical take on Thanksgiving. This Mayo Clinic blog reminds us that many traditional Thanksgiving foods can actually be kind of good for you -- if prepared a certain way, and, of course, consumed with some modicum of moderation.

Of course, some people will skip the moderation and go whole hog, so to speak. This chilling article explains how gorging on fatty, salty and carb-heavy food can take a toll on your body -- and even send you to the emergency room.

Thanksgiving doesn't have to be bad for you. (Larry Crowe/AP)

If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, you might want to take part in what has become its own tradition, of sorts, over the past few years: Have your guests sign the Center for Consumer Freedom's "Thanksgiving Liability and Indemnification Agreement." The tongue-in-cheek document would, if legally valid, protect you against your guests' claims that you failed, for instance, to disclose full nutrition data for the meal you serve or warn folks that overeating could lead to obesity.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! And whether you eat a lot or a little today, be sure to savor every morsel.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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