The holiday season is a magical time of year when traditions and family gatherings are cherished, but when it comes to eating, certain preconceptions come to mind. From turkey and mashed potatoes to fruitcake and eggnog, these traditional favorites are just the beginning. In this article, we’ll take a look at six common misconceptions about holiday meals and show that they’re so much more than meets the eye. Whether you prefer homemade recipes or old-fashioned dishes, everyone can enjoy something new this holiday season!
Misconception #1: We skip the log so as not to have digestive problems.
While this may sound beneficial in theory, science has proven that moderation is key when it comes to enjoying all the treats this holiday season.
Despite its beneficial nutrients, chocolate is a source of fat. Buttercream from the log also does not help reduce caloric intake. However, if you opted for low-fat foods during the meal, you can opt for a log after the meal. And if the candied chestnuts are at hand, this option is always a little lighter and nutritious!
Misconception #2: Foie gras should be avoided to avoid gaining weight!
Foie gras is packed with fat – up to 65% in a 100g serving. It would be like eating 4 mini sticks of butter (restaurant size). However, apart from cholesterol, it is not necessarily a bad fat! Indeed, it contains omega-6 essential fatty acids which are much better for your health than saturated fats. The key to good healthy eating is moderation.
Misconception #3: We eat seafood galore!
Seafood should not be eaten in excess because although it is rich in protein, vitamin B12 and iron, it also contains calories. Raw oysters provide between 40 and 80 calories per 100g and are often served with buttered bread or mayonnaise. Therefore, one can eat seafood without feeling guilty as far as including it in a balanced meal.
Misconception #4: You can eat so much turkey for its low fat content.
Although turkey is generally considered healthier and lighter than other sources of animal protein, it can contain high levels of saturated fat if not prepared in moderation. For example, a stir-fried half chicken high in saturated fat and sodium can contain over 450 calories. So, when preparing turkey, it is important to choose low-fat, no-salt cooking methods to reduce the calorie count.
Misconception #5: weight gain is always there!
It is wrong to think that you will always gain weight during the Christmas holidays. If you are up to the task and maintain a healthy balanced diet, it is very possible to maintain or even lose weight during this time. This involves not overeating or snacking and eating a healthy diet that includes nutritious foods, such as fresh vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins and whole grains. Consistent physical activities can also help burn more calories and stay in shape.
Misconception #6: Alcohol is the only one served at will!
It is not true that alcohol is the only alcohol served at will during the Christmas celebrations. In addition to alcoholic beverages, there are a variety of other healthy and tasty options to satisfy all guests. Freshly squeezed juices, homemade smoothies, natural flavored water and even non-alcoholic options can be served on demand, giving diners a healthy alternative to alcohol-based beverages. In any case, the decision-making must be considered very carefully, since an abuse of alcohol or other beverages can have adverse health effects.