Just how many calories are in that Thanksgiving meal

first_imgThis Thursday, many Americans will stuff themselves as much as the holiday bird on the menu.Thanksgiving dinner is full of comfort food: roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped topping.But how many calories are in those holiday favorites, and which dishes are the best — as far as your waistline is concerned — for second helpings?A typical Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and a roll can top 1,400 calories. Throw in the slice of pumpkin pie with frozen whipped topping, and you’re up to more than 1,800 calories.But the meal isn’t all about the calories.That dinner and dessert comes with 75 grams (300 calories) of added sugar, 18 grams (162 calories) of saturated fat and nearly 3,500 milligrams of sodium, according to figures available in the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Tracker.That one big plate of food contains as many calories as health officials recommend an adult eat in an entire day — and more sugar and sodium.last_img read more