5 food myths to keep in mind this Thanksgiving
The confusion with candied yams comes from the marshmallows typically used as a topping. While some marshmallows are made from artificially produced gelatin, most use gelatin created from animal products. There are, however, recipes for candied yams that don’t call for marshmallows at all.
Turkey makes you tired
Turkey does contain tryptophan, an amino acid that causes drowsiness. However, you have to eat an awful lot of it on an empty stomach for it to make you sleepy. The more likely cause of your post-feast desire for a nap? All of those carbs.
Green beans = totally healthy
Green beans are a great veg by themselves, but when you add the creamy mushroom soup and the fried onion topping that the traditional casserole calls for, you’re adding tons more salt and fat than you bargained for. Have a small serving to satiate your palate, but don’t pack your plate with this tasty but not-so-healthy option.
Cranberry sauce treats UTIs
Research has shown that drinking cranberry juice as a part of your daily diet can help your body ward off urinary tract infections (UTIs). That's the good news, but cranberry produtcs have not been proven to treat an infection, and their effects are still being studied.