According to the statistics, Americans purchase around 51 million turkeys before Thanksgiving and roughly twenty percent of all cranberry sauce.
Also, they buy mostly food high in sodium, sugar, fat, and calories. Food specialists believe that on Thanksgiving, people consume the highest calorie intake. More precisely, officials from the Calorie Control Council say that Americans consume around 4,500 calories on this day, compared to the average consumption of 2,550 calories for men, and 1,940 calories for women.
Therefore, public health officials offer a few tips to prevent indigestion, abdominal pain, high blood pressure, and cholesterol increase on Thanksgiving.
One of the most common problems is that people usually starve themselves before Thanksgiving dinner. That is why the best way to avoid eating a lot in the evening is to eat something during the day.
Another important thing is that people must always wash their hands. This way, they will prevent the germs from spreading to other people or the food. Although it might sound surprising, recent studies have shown that people don’t wash their hands well.
During the Thanksgiving dinner, try to eat slowly. This way the body will have time to digest. Then, it will signal the brain that you are full, so you will no longer feel hungry. Also, you will be able to enjoy the turkey.
Experts advise people to fill their plates with more vegetables and fruits. Furthermore, they should consume just their favorites, instead of eating every dish on the table. Plus, you might want to reduce the salt intake.
Use smaller utensils, glasses, and plates to convince your brain that you don’t need to eat too much. Switch from the fatty cream used in mashed potatoes with yogurt or skim milk. In addition to this, you can go for grilled or roasted vegetables.
The foods with the highest calorie intake on Thanksgiving dinner are dessert, potatoes, butter, bread, and gravy. Therefore, you should be aware of them because they can affect your sugar and salt balance leading to high blood pressure and high insulin levels.
Avoid consuming too many empty calories from alcohol and beverages such as apple cider, hot chocolate, soda, and eggnog. Also, keep in mind that the combination of alcohol and fatty foods might turn your Thanksgiving dinner into a nightmare.
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