Thanksgiving is the holiday we see as the kickoff to the winter season. It opens the door to all the December events while celebrating the success of the latest harvest.
Globally, over 46 million turkeys get eaten each Thanksgiving.
The feast doesn’t stop with the turkey. In total, the average American consumes about 3,100 calories when they eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal. That figure includes 150g of fat.
Those figures don’t even account for the times when you head back to the kitchen to grab seconds!
Different Ways to View the Annual Thanksgiving Meal
When you look at the 3,100 calories that the average American eats at Thanksgiving, that figure can translate into some incredible comparisons.
Here are some equivalent dishes and food products to consider that would create a similar caloric intake.
- Six Big Macs from McDonald’s.
- Ten Caesar salads ordered at Panera.
- A dozen vanilla ice cream servings from Haagen-Dazs.
- Fourteen strawberry-iced doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.
If you weigh 160 pounds, it will take 30 miles of walking to burn off that 3,100-calorie meal from Thanksgiving. As an alternative, you could put in about five hours of swimming.
Since the feast includes high-fat products, Thanksgiving is also when hospitals get overrun with gallbladder problems and stomach issues. You can plan ahead by targeting low-fat alternatives and lighter meals in the days after the holiday to support your physical health.
Some people starve themselves on Thanksgiving to “make room” for the meal. It’s better to eat a low-fat, high-protein item at the start of t