Most holiday foods protect your heart. Do you love stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce and other carbohydrates of the healthy variety? Great news! Eating them may add years to your life, say Harvard researchers who recently noticed that more heart attack sufferers were on low-carb diets. The connection: ditching complex carbs nearly doubles the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries and weakens blood vessels after just three months. Depriving the body of carbohydrates saps its ability to produce cells that protect and repair heart vessels by 40%. Fiber-rich carbs, including corn and sweet potatoes, dampen the production of ghrelin, a hormone that turns up the appetite.
With all the bountiful food on a Thanksgiving table, decor can be simple.