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Best Thanksgiving main course: Ham or turkey?

Some may think it's blasphemy to suggest anything other than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, but many Americans actually prefer ham. The idea of a slow-roasted, juicy turkey that's been brining for hours (or perhaps just removed from the deep-fryer) is the epitome of Thanksgiving. Still, some argue that a honey-glazed, savory ham is the perfect holiday meal. Turkey goes with popular sides like gravy and stuffing, but ham is more versatile when it comes to leftovers. Which one is best? 

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Let's set aside the fact that turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving. If anything, you should have both turkey and ham on your Thanksgiving table, leaving the turkey off the invite list is akin to stomping on American tradition. 

Out of the two, turkey is the healthier choice, and given the plethora of other foods available at Thanksgiving (mouth-watering green bean casserole, marshmallow-laden sweet potatoes...), you have to take some wins where you can. 

According to Real Simple, turkey is also lower in sodium. Writer Kate Rope looks to registered dietician Cynthia Sass for insight: 

'When you take in more sodium, you retain more water, which puts more pressure on your heart, and that raises your blood pressure,' explains Sass. 'You don’t want to add more stress to your heart by having too much sodium.'
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Aren't you tired of turkey? There could not be a more boring meat to offer up to your guests; turkey's appeal has been completely over-hyped. Check out this description of the soon-to-sell-out Honey Baked Spiral Ham as a comparison: 

All of our hams are bone-in, smoked to perfection over select hardwood chips for up to 24 hours, spiral sliced and drenched in our sweet and crunchy glaze. 

THAT sounds like a Thanksgiving meal. Ham offers the perfect ratio of sweet to salty; all turkey has to offer is dryness and disappointment. 

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Nothing is more all-American than a turkey dinner! The meat goes best with other classic Thanksgiving sides–you can't unleash that gravy boat onto your holiday ham. Honestly, if you're not eating turkey, is it even Thanksgiving?

There's a reason there is an entire hotline dedicated to turkey-related questions during the holiday season (seriously, give the Butterball Hotline a try this year!).

Even the people's president, Jed Bartlett, in "The West Wing" knows turkey is best: 

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People tout the "turkey sandwiches" the day after Thanksgiving, but everyone knows ham is far more versatile. Forget lunch leftovers, ham has you covered for breakfast (omelets!), lunch (sandwiches!), and dinner (soup!). 

FINAL RESULTS
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Best Thanksgiving main course: Ham or turkey?
A festive crown for the winner
#HamFTW
#TurkeyFTW