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Christmas dinner by the numbers: How much in calories, fat and sodium will you be eating tonight?

When you’re sitting down to Christmas dinner, it can be hard to choose what to eat first: the mashed potatoes laced with truffle oil or the Brussels sprouts studded with pancetta? Or should you save your appetite for that Christmas plum pudding spiked with brandy sauce?

Here’s a snapshot of what all of those holiday favourites add up to in terms of calories, fat and sodium. It’s not pretty – a meal featuring single servings of white and dark meat turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing, roasted fennel salad, truffled mashed potatoes, a roll with butter, Christmas plum pudding with brandy sauce, a glass of eggnog with rum and two glasses of wine adds up to 2,884 calories, 121 g of fat and 3,746 mg of sodium. That’s well above the 2,000 calories women should consume in a day (2,400 for men) and the recommended 65 g of fat and 2,400 mg of sodium.

Roll your mouse over the items on the table below to see which dishes are the worst offenders.

On the bright side? It is just once a year.

Interactive by CHRISTOPHER MANZA and RASHA MOURTADA   Photo by FRED LUM   Nutritional analysis by LESLIE BECK   Food styling and props by SALT & PEPPER and CHAIRMAN MILLS

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