How nutritious is Christmas dinner?

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With Christmas just around the corner, lots of people are looking forward to a big Christmas spread with all of the family gathered around. It’s the time of your we throw caution to the wind and tuck into a huge meal with all the trimmings, followed by cheese, puddings, and a baileys or cognac or two!

It’s the one time of year most of the nation will be eating a variation on the same meal. As much as people love Christmas dinner, I bet most people have never stopped to think about how nutritious it is. 

Well, you won’t have to, as we’ve dissected the classic Christmas dinner to tell you how nutritious each part of the meal is.

First up of course is roast turkey with chestnut and sausage meat stuffing

Roast Turkey with Chestnut and Sausage Meat Stuffing

Full of Vitamin B12, Niacin (B3), Phosphorus, Vitamin B6, Selenium, Zinc, and much more!

It’s great for your energy creation, the maintenance of your mental and emotional state, helps reduce tiredness and fatigue, helps maintain the health of your bones and teeth and more. 

Roast Turkey is the king of roast dinners and so special as it’s only around for a couple of months a year, so make the most of it.

Next is the classic accompaniment, potatoes 


This classic ingredient has lots of Thiamin (B1), Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Pantothenic Acid (B5), and Copper. Which makes it good for your heart and blood pressure. The fresher the potato the more vitamin C it will have.

Love them or hate them, Brussel sprouts are often seen on the Christmas dinner plate

Brussels sprouts

Bursting with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate (B9), Vitamin B6, and Lutein and Zeaxanthin, this seasonal favourite (for some) notoriously often overcooked, with protection for your heart, blood, immune system, brain, DNA and eyesight.

Adding some colour to the plate are carrots


Carrots contribute to your immune system, eyesight, absorption of iron (for energy creation), and more. 

Carrots are also an example of the interaction between vitamins and phytochemicals as there are high levels of alpha and beta carotene (carotenoid phytochemicals) in carrots that we convert to vitamin A.

Another classic on the plate is parsnips


An average portion of parsnips will give you some Manganese, Folate (B9), Thiamin (B1), Vitamin C, Fibre and Phosphorus. 

A delicious accompaniment to a roast and will provide support for your bones, sinews, DNA creation and repair and healthy bowels.


As you can see your Roast Turkey Christmas dinner is fantastic for you. So tuck in and enjoy, knowing that you are filling your selffull of goodness as well as Christmas cheer!
Merry Christmas everyone 

Surya Wright

Surya Wright

Co-founder, production manager

I'm our communications and marketing person, dealing with social media and copywriting. I also work with Matt and Ric overseeing the design and strategic management of the site. I'm also the author of the Eva the Hungry Amoeba children's book series (only one so far). You can find it on Amazon. My favourite foods, shepherds pie and smoked haddock!

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