Thanksgiving facts and figures

Posted Nov. 20, 2012, at 3:11 p.m.

CalorieCount.com, a health and wellness site with more than 5 million members, put together some facts and figures on Thanksgiving:

Did you know … ?

• Making cranberry sauce? Drop a cranberry on the ground. If it bounces 4 or more inches, it’s ripe.

• Each Thanksgiving, the U.S. eats 690 million pounds of Turkey. That’s the weight of Singapore’s entire population.

• Pilgrims used a knife, spoon and their fingers at the first Thanksgiving. The fork was missing from the table until the late 1700s.

• Ben Franklin desperately wanted the turkey, and not the bald eagle, to be the official U.S. Bird.

Food Facts and Numbers

• 690 million pounds of turkey are consumed each Thanksgiving.

• 50 million pumpkin pies are eaten each Thanksgiving.

• 750 million pounds of cranberries are produced.

• 3,000 calories are consumed by the average person on Thanksgiving.

What?! 3,000 Calories?

Want a healthier version of your favorite Thanksgiving plate? Enjoy all of your Thanksgiving favorites for half the calories.

Roll — 76 calories

Cranberry Sauce — 86 calories, ½ slice

Glazed Carrots — 115 calories, ¾ cup

Turkey — 238 calories, 1 cup sliced

Mashed Potatoes — 287 calories, 1 cup

Pecan Pie — 503 calories, ⅛ slice 9-inch pie

What do you know about Turkey?

• 88 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.

• Typically, turkey is made up of 70 percent white meat, and 30 percent dark meat (lucky for us, the U.S. generally prefers white meat while other counties like dark meat).

• Dark meat provides richer flavor, while white meat has fewer calories and less fat.

• Turkey is rich in zinc and vitamin B-niacin, which makes turkey a top 10 food for eyesight.

• Turkey doesn’t make you sleepy, even though amino acid tryptophan is present. Scientists blame booze and vast caloric intake at the feast.

Calorie Count Thanksgiving

CalorieCount members, collectively, have lost more than 4,075,138 pounds — that’s the equivalent of …

• 335,980 turkeys

• 1,975,565,830 cranberries

• 1,488 — the number of times a line of all those cranberries would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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