Sunday, November 13, 2011

How Many Calories Are In That Thanksgiving Dinner?

"According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat from snacking and eating a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings. And these figures don't even include breakfast or the late evening munching on leftovers!

The average holiday dinner alone can carry a load of 3,000 calories. And most of us nibble our way through more than another 1,500 calories downing dips and chips and drinks before and after the big meal. Combined, that's the equivalent of more than 2 1/4 times the average daily calorie intake and almost 3 1/2 times the fat. The typical holiday dinner can be loaded with 45 percent of calories from fat. In fact, the average person may consume enough fat at a holiday meal to equal three sticks of butter."*

*Although I couldn't locate any statistics on the average calories consumed from a plant-based Thanksgiving meal, it's likely less than eating a standard holiday dinner. Plant foods do not contain cholesterol and are lower in fat or contain healthy fats (like nuts and seeds). You can eat a whole-foods, plant-based Thanksgiving dinner that's healthful, delicious, and cruelty-free.

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