Last year’s Thanksgiving post was so delicious, we just knew you’d be back for seconds.
We’ve searched the Internet far and wide for another round of Thanksgiving-related fun facts intended to blow you away. Or at least make you cock your head to the side and say “Huh – I didn’t know that.” As always, feel free to share this post or copy and paste these nuggets to your own Facebook page. Prove to your patients that you know how to “get down with the sit-down” – our new term for enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner.
- Dessert at the first Thanksgiving? It was most likely limited to fruits like berries and stewed pumpkins since the Pilgrims’ sugar supply had dwindled by that fall. (Not exactly the delicious pies many of us are accustomed to today!)
- You’d probably guess that more turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving vs. any other day. And you’d be right. But do you know how much of our annual turkey consumption happens on that day? 20%! (This is the kind of mind-blowing data that one only gets from the National Turkey Federation. That’s a thing.)
- One in five Americans has eaten an entire pie by themselves. That’s 2,000 calories for an 8-inch pumpkin pie, 2,500 for apple and a whopping 4,000 for pecan. (Thanks, American Pie Council. Also a thing.)
- Holiday weight gain may not be as dramatic as it sounds. Several studies have shown that the average adult gains less than one pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. (Of course, that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind. A pound each year will add up!)
- The CDC notes that one in six Americans gets sick each year from food-borne germs. (Here’s a good place to look for some food safety tips.)
- When it comes to turkey, opting for the white meat over the dark meat will save you 50 calories and four grams of fat per three-ounce slice. (Great opportunity to make a healthier decision during the Thanksgiving meal!)
- Anyone planning a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving menu this year? If so, your guests will be enjoying buttered toast, pretzels, ice cream sundaes, popcorn and jelly beans. (kids would LOVE this! See below…)