7 Surprising Health Benefits of Thanksgiving Staples

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Thanksgiving is only a few days away, which means it’s almost time to partake in the most anticipated meal of the year. But while the calories that go into this meal may be the most stressful part of this holiday — just relax! As long as you’re watching your portions, you can reap the benefits from some of your favorite dishes without doing too much harm to your waistline. Here are seven surprisingly health benefits of Thanksgiving staples.

1. Turkey

Turkey is considered the ultimate Thanksgiving staple on many tables across the nation. But this main course is more than just delicious — it’s high in protein, low in fat (the white meat that is), and contains the amino acid L-tryptophan. Ever wonder why you’re so tired after Thanksgiving dinner? That’s were L-tryptophan comes in. This amino acid not only makes you sleepy, but also helps regulate your mood and lower cholesterol.