Before scrolling to the bottom of the page to see the answers, see if you can figure out which of the following statements are facts and which are fiction:
#1. Turkey makes you sleepy.
#2. Thanksgiving chefs have an increased risk of burns and cuts.
#3. The average Thanksgiving costs 3000 calories and 226 grams of fat.
#4. Stuffing your turkey increases the risk of salmonella poisoning.
….figured out which statements are fact and which are fiction? If yes, keep scrolling…if no, keep scrolling…
#2: Thanksgiving chefs have an increased risk for burns and cuts.
It’s TRUE! Think about how busy the kitchen gets during the Thanksgiving holiday – people can’t resist the smell of Thanksgiving dinner, leading them to gravitate toward and around the kitchen; kids running around playing tag and/or football in and around the kitchen; and the college students grazing on more free food than they have probably had set in front of them all semester…more hands in the kitchen increases the likelihood of cuts and burns whether due to cooking, or just being in the way of the cook.
#3: The average Thanksgiving costs 3000 calories and 275 grams of fat!
Also true, but this can’t be THAT much of a surprise, right? All those starches and desserts…so wrong, yet so right…just don’t make a habit of it and try to listen to your stomach – if it’s full, maybe stop after only two slices of Aunt Suzie’s famous pie.
#1: The biggest myth of all: Turkey makes you sleepy.
No it doesn’t. Turkey has no more of that magical natural sedative called tryptophan than any other meat. So what is it that makes you sleepy? Carbs...
#4: Stuffing your turkey increases the risk of salmonella poisoning.
Not true. Some people like the stuffing that comes out of the bird, and others would rather never see anything put on their plate that was prepared in such a way. However, whatever your taste may be, fresh-out-the-bird stuffing can be safe (and for those of you who like that sort of thing, I’m sure you would add ‘yummy’) as long as you follow some very easy guidelines:
1.Make sure the stuffing is moist and loosely packed
2. DO NOT BUY A PRE-STUFFED TURKEY! Instead, stuff it yourself right before popping it in the oven.
3. Internal stuffing temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.