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Could you really be eating an entire day’s worth of calories in one meal?

  • by jHodgson
  • November 19, 2012

It’s that time of the year again where we come together with friends and family and give thanks while we chow down a big plate of food…or several big plates of food.


It’s Thanksgiving time! Sure, it is a wonderful time of the year that we get to enjoy with our loved ones, but did you know that you might be eating an entire day’s worth of calories (or possibly even more) during Thanksgiving dinner?


Tara Parker-Pope, a skeptical writer from the New York Times put this idea to the test by creating a traditional Thanksgiving-style meal and counting her calories along the way. After feasting on favorites such as turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies, two types of casseroles, and dessert, Tara found that she had eaten just under 2,500 calories! Furthermore, if you factor in breakfast, snacks, and beverages, you could end up eating 4,500 calories for the entire day. Yikes!


So what is the take-away message from these startling statistics? We certainly don’t eat Thanksgiving-style meals every day, so what’s the harm in indulging one day out of the year? Tara suggests that eating large meals like this can cause painful indigestion and oh-so embarrassing flatulence, and potentially lead to serious risks such as heart attacks, blood clots, and gallbladder complications. Her recommendation is to take it slow with your big meal. Take the time to thoroughly enjoy every bite – Thanksgiving only comes once a year, after all!


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