Turkeys are tasty, but they’re not very bright. In this episode you’ll learn all about turkey behavior. They can fly, sort of, they sleep in trees and you’ll have to listen if you want to know if they try to mate with ducks.
It’s also worth sticking around to the end to hear a heart-warming story about a woman and her expectations of a turkey.
Thanksgiving by the numbers
Some 45 million turkeys will end up on our tables for Thanksgiving, Time.com reports. That’s about 18 percent of all turkeys raised.
Your time will come a few hours later when you feel tired, but you can’t blame it on tryptophan. Tryptophan is a component of the brain chemical serotonin, which gets converted into the well-known sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, but the experts say that what’s really getting to you, among other things, is that you ate too much and probably had a drink or two. Maybe three.
Oh, and don’t forget the side dishes. Topping the list of the most common side dishes is mashed potatoes. For some reason, mac and cheese comes in number three. Really? Turkey and mac and cheese. I can only hope it doesn’t come out of a blue box.
At number six is the hideous green bean casserole. It’s often just a glop of canned mushroom soup, green beans and some fried onions on the top. The dish can be made with fresh ingredients and I still won’t like it, but once casserole lovers try the real stuff, they won’t go back.
If you some ideas or recipes for Thanksgiving sides, the New York Timeshas you covered.
For dessert, it’s no surprise that pumpkin pie tops the list. Naturally there is pecan pie and apple pie. Pumpkin cheesecake is also on the list, but after a heavy mean, that’s going to have to wait until the football game is over.
Need some dessert recipes? Again the New York Times has your back.
After Thanksgiving we all pledge to go to the gym, eat less and lose weight. It turns out, we don’t really mean it. More food is sold in January than during the holiday season. The researchers said, “During the holiday season, household food expenditures increased 15% compared to baseline ($105.74 to $121.83; p<0.001), with 75% of additional expenditures accounted for by less-healthy items. Consistent with what one would expect from New Year’s resolutions, sales of healthy foods increased 29.4% ($13.24/week) after the holiday season compared to baseline, and 18.9% ($9.26/week) compared to the holiday period. Unfortunately, sales of less-healthy foods remained at holiday levels ($72.85/week holiday period vs. $72.52/week post-holiday). Calories purchased each week increased 9.3% (450 calories per serving/week) after the New Year compared to the holiday period, and increased 20.2% (890 calories per serving/week) compared to baseline.”
While Thanksgiving is the biggest food event in terms of sales, number two is (drum roll please) the Super Bowl.
Fox News says, “Super Bowl is the second largest US food consumption day, only surpassed by Thanksgiving. Viewers will spend an average of $82.19 on food, decor and team apparel, up from $77.88 last year.”
The figures are for Super Bowl 50 in 2015.