Food substitutes make Thanksgiving healthier while keeping tradition

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SALT LAKE CITY — Thanksgiving is often accompanied by food traditions, but a few simple tweaks can make your traditional foods better tasting and healthier.

Josh Taylor, executive chef at LDS Hospital, gave a few tips to people shopping for their Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday. His main advice is "go fresh if you can."

Cranberry in a can

Taylor said that this canned tradition can be made tastier and healthier by making your own. All you have to do is cook the cranberries down.

Cool Whip

Whipping your own topping for your pie instead of using Cool Whip means you're eating less preservatives, Taylor said.


Taylor said butter is "a little better" for you than shortening, so substitute it when you can.

Canned corn

It's easy to cut the corn directly off the cob, Taylor said. But if the produce you want isn't in season, fresh frozen is a healthier choice than canned.


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