Monday, November 3, 2008

Ten 'Turkey Day' Facts

RJ Note: Tuesday is going to be a big day as the country votes to elect our next president. Just thought we could all use a break from the election. So take a moment and dream of a large juicy turkey with all the trimmings....

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whether it's while seated around the table or during halftime of the football game, talk turkey this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season with interesting facts from the National Turkey Federation (NTF).

-- Approximately 46 million turkeys will be eaten at Thanksgiving.
Another 22 million will be eaten at Christmas.

-- When purchasing a whole turkey, plan to buy at least one pound of
uncooked turkey per person. You'll have enough for the feast and
leftovers too!

-- The average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is 15
pounds.

-- Turkey is healthier than any other protein source. A three-ounce
serving of cooked skinless turkey has fewer calories from fat, zero
saturated fat and eight percent more protein than chicken.

-- Many people report drowsiness after eating Thanksgiving dinner. While
turkey often receives the blame, studies suggest that
carbohydrate-rich meals may cause sleepiness by increasing the number
of tryptophans in the brain.

-- Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President
of the United States with a live turkey and two dressed turkeys in
celebration of Thanksgiving.

-- The National Thanksgiving Turkey has been the Grand Marshall in the
Thanksgiving Day Parade at both Disneyland Resort in California and
Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the past four years.

-- President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday
in 1863.

-- Benjamin Franklin, who proposed the turkey as the official United
States' bird, was dismayed when the bald eagle was chosen over the
turkey.

-- Minnesota is the top turkey producing state, followed by North
Carolina.

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