The 16 best and worst Thanksgiving foods for your health

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The 16 best and worst Thanksgiving foods for your health

When it comes to the best meal of the year, not all Thanksgiving dishes are created equal.

When it comes to the best meal of the year, not all Thanksgiving dishes are created equal. 

Certain Thanksgiving foods are far more sinful than others, with surprising (but delicious) dishes that boast eye-watering calorie counts and fat contents.

While you may be looking forward to that sweet potato casserole, chances are its doing your waistline more harm than good -- a 3/4 cup serving boasts 285 calories and 5 grams of fat. The same goes for those mashed potatoes filled with margarine and whole milk, which will set you back 237 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving. 

And here's a pro tip -- if you're choosing between dark and white meat, opt for the latter. A 3 ounce serving of white meat contains 115 calories and 7 grams of fat versus dark meat which has 160 calories and 11 grams of fat. 

So what foods should you be piling on your plate? You can never go wrong with yummy veggies like corn and spinach that are rich in fiber and low in calories.

But hey -- it's Thanksgiving so why not indulge a little?

Check out the slideshow above for the complete list of the best and worst foods for your Thanksgiving feast. 

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