7 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Actually Great for Your Skin


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When team Byrdie thinks of Thanksgiving, three things come to mind: family, food, and elastic waistbands. But we'd be remiss if we didn't also consider the beauty aspect of Thanksgiving (there are several, aside from sheer delightful scene of creamy whipped potatoes and pie, of course).

Within the delicious buffet you'll eat this upcoming holiday are vitamins and nutrients that actually help make your skin glow and look more beautiful. Crazy, right? A historically glutenous meal will fortify our complexions. (But before you overindulge at the table, also keep in mind this guideline for not testing the limits of that elastic too much.)

To learn more about the foods that double as skin elixirs, we spoke with Muscle Milk’s nutrition expert, Tricia Griffin. Keep reading, and plate-map wisely this season.

What about the foods Griffin would advise against? "Though dark chocolate and red wine do contain certain phytonutrients that are associated with skin benefits, too much of either can have a negative impact as well," she tells us. "Chocolate is high in fat and sugar, and alcohol can lead to health issues and can be dehydrating, so moderation is key." Dairy can also lead to inflammation and breakouts, so consider substituting the milk, cream, and cheese in your favorite dishes with vegan options, or focus on protein-rich and plant-based foods instead.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.