Gobble gobble, y’all. Thanksgiving is almost here, and I’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready! But before I jump head-first into a holiday frenzy, here are some interesting fun facts about the fourth Thursday in November. Feel free to share this post or copy and paste fun facts to your own Facebook page!
- Contrary to myth, the amount of the organic protein tryptophan in most turkeys isn’t responsible for drowsiness. (I’m all about the Thanksgiving post-meal nap, but let’s not blame it on the turkey.)
- Add this to the list of reasons why Minnesota rocks: Minnesota is the United States’ top turkey-producing state, followed by North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Virginia. (This fun fact brought to you by the Minnesota State Tourism Bureau.)
- 43 million U.S. citizens drove more than 50 miles from home on the 2011 holiday, according to the American Automobile Association. (Be careful out there, everyone!)
- Check out this link to some of the most fattening Thanksgiving foods, including bacon-wrapped turkey and bacon cheeseballs. (Bacon seems to be a recurring there here…which is too bad.)
- Pass the cranberries! More and more research is showing that cranberries can fight against the bacteria that cause tooth decay. (Here are some great ideas for cooking those cranberries.)
- Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table. (That doesn’t mean they aren’t totally delicious!)
- Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients, including Vitamins A and C, which are essential for your eyesight and vision health. Vitamin A helps stop the process of macular degeneration, while Vitamin C also helps reduce your risk of developing cataracts. (No wonder my eyes are always drawn to the sweet potatoes!)