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Thanksgiving Meal Makeovers

Subtract Fat, Not Flavor

Subtract Fat, Not Flavor

Butter is a central ingredient to most Thanksgiving dishes — and that's not a good thing. Butter is high in saturated fat, which increases the amount of bad cholesterol in your body.

This year, don't rely solely on butter to give your Thanksgiving dishes flavor. Play with herbs and spices, instead. Minced garlic, crushed shallots, rosemary, chopped chives or oregano all give a flavor — and nutrient — boost to any dish.

If you can't reduce the amount of butter in your recipe, consider using margarine instead. The vegetable-based oil is still high in fat, but contains more poly- and mono-unsaturated fats, which typically help lower the amount of bad cholesterol in your body. (Use tubs margarine instead of sticks; sticks usually contain higher levels of trans fat).

By Justin Chu. Published November 15, 2011. Justin is a freelance writer based in San Francisco.