Turkey Talk

My nephew skeptically wearing his pilgrim hat; Thanksgiving, 2010

National Geographic gives us food for thought on Thanksgiving:

“Some 242 million turkeys [10+08] were raised in the U.S. in 2010 for slaughter, down 2 percent from 2009′s total, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Last year’s birds were worth about U.S. $3.6 billion [10+09].

About 46 million turkeys will end up on U.S. dinner tables this Thanksgiving—or about 736 million pounds (334 million kilograms) of turkey meat, according to estimates from the National Turkey Federation.”

“Minnesota is the United States’ top turkey-producing state, followed by North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Virginia.

These ‘big six’ states produce two of every three U.S.-raised birds, according to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. farmers will also produce 735 million pounds (333 million kilograms) of cranberries, which, like turkeys, are native to the Americas. The top producers are Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

The U.S. will also grow 1.9 billion pounds (862 million kilograms) of sweet potatoes—many in North Carolina, California, and Louisiana—and will produce 931 million pounds (422 million kilograms) of pumpkins.

Illinois, California, and Ohio grow the most U.S. pumpkins.

But if you overeat at Thanksgiving dinner, there’s a price to be paid for all this plenty: the Thanksgiving ‘food coma.’ The post-meal fatigue may be real, but the condition is giving turkeys a bad rap.

Contrary to myth, the amount of the organic protein tryptophan in most turkeys isn’t responsible for drowsiness.” There is about .333 grams (10-03) of tryptophan per 100 gram edible portion of turkey, which is fairly comparable to chicken, pork and cheese.

“Instead, scientists blame booze, the sheer caloric size of an average feast, or just plain-old relaxing after stressful work schedules.”

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One Comment

  1. kacey
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    what a cute photo of C! he looks like he’s been overwhelmed by the “sheer caloric size” of his thanksgiving feast for sure. great blog :)

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