Butter and gravy mashed-potatoes, roast turkey with stuffing, bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and pecan pie. Sounds delicious doesn’t it? Well, as mouth-watering as the standard Thanksgiving Day dinner sounds it equals a whopping 4,500 calories.
Each holiday means spending more time exercising to get back into shape since not many persons can resist the delicious menu. Thanksgiving Day is especially about food and family dinners always feature a menu that would make your calorie counter break through the roof. The Calorie Control Council says that the Thanksgiving Day dinner equals 4,500 calories on average.
The Calorie Control Council warns that on Thanksgiving Day “the average person may consume enough fat at a holiday meal to equal three sticks of butter”. On the overall, what we eat on Thanksgiving Day is “the equivalent of more than 2 ¼ times the average daily calorie intake and almost 3 ½ times the fat”.
But New York Times’ Tara Parker-Pope decided to count the Thanksgiving Day dinner calories on her own. She says that the calorie count most diet food companies are pushing for (4,500) is too much. “The point is I had to work pretty hard to finding enough servings of fat-laden, sugary foods to get to about 2,500 calories” writes Parker-Pope.
The New York Times writer counted calories for a Thanksgiving Day dinner menu that featured a 6-ounce serving of turkey with crispy skin and sausage stuffing, mashed sweet-potato casserole with butter, brown sugar and marshmallows and mashed potatoes with butter and gravy. Then she counted 110 calories for a 2/3 cup green bean casserole, 15 calories for a cranberry sauce dollop and 83 calories for roasted Brussels sprouts. Then for desert: a slice of pumpkin pie worth 316 calorie, a pecan pie slice worth 503 calories and dollops of whipped cream for each slice worth 100 calories.
The conclusion? “Throw in a few glasses of wine, breakfast and some snacks and it’s certainly possible to binge your way to 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, but I’m not convinced it’s as common as the diet food companies would like us to believe”.
The New York Times writer argues that the 4,500Thanksgiving Day calorie count means a lot of work. In fact, she notes that “after about 1,500 calories in one sitting, the gut releases a hormone that causes nausea”. But hey, obesity is a major health issue in today’s US, so 4,500 might not be that far-fetched when looking at it from this side.