The average American may consume more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving.
That’s according to research from the Calorie Control Council, which looked at both calories and grams of fat consumed “from snacking and eating a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.”
I am, considering the average daily calories needed by adults is between 1,600 and 2,400. I honestly don’t think I can eat more than double what I normally consume in a day. But I do enjoy the Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pie, green beans and potatoes piled on my plate at the annual holiday meal. It is a feast after all.
It turns out others are skeptical too. The New York Times calculated a Thanksgiving meal at 2,486 calories, which is still above the average daily calories needed in a day.
Besides counting calories, the government is offering up its standard food safety tips for avoiding illnesses. The Virginia Department of Health warns on its website reminding people properly prepare their meals that “In Virginia, the most frequently reported gastrointestinal diseases include bacterial infections such as salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis, and giardiasis, a parasitic disease.”
But who wants to talk about sick stomachs and counting calories on a day devoted to eating, friends, family and thanksgiving. So maybe instead, it’s best to simply raise a glass to health and loved ones and ignore the calorie counters for a day. Cheers.