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Interesting Turkey Facts
By National Turkey Federation
Nov 9, 2006, 13:03 PST

Turkeys Galore

In 2001, about 272 million turkeys were raised. We estimate that 46 million of those turkeys were eaten at Thanksgiving, 22 million at Christmas, and 19 million at Easter.

Ninety-five percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds, meaning that approximately 690 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2001.

Love those Leftovers

The top five most popular ways to serve leftover Thanksgiving turkey are:

* Sandwich
* Soup or Stew
* Casserole
* Stir-fry
* Salad

In fact, turkey is most often prepared in a sandwich year-round. Low-fat, convenient products like ground turkey, turkey sausage and turkey bacon, as well as turkey cutlets and tenderloins, are becoming increasingly popular. Check out the turkey recipes in our recipe section.

Nap Time

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

Therefore, the unusually large, multi-coursed, carbohydrate-rich meal most people eat on Thanksgiving is more likely the cause.

White or Dark?

The white meat is generally preferred in the United States while other countries choose the dark meat.

*A 15-pound turkey typically has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

*The two types of meat differ nutritionally. White meat has fewer calories and less fat than dark meat.

*The rich flavor of dark meat is especially valued in soup and stew recipes. Dark meat holds up well in rich marinades and is a perfect choice for grilling and barbecuing.

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