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Chew On These Fun Thanksgiving Facts, Stamford

The average Thanksgiving meal has about 3,000 calories.
The average Thanksgiving meal has about 3,000 calories. Photo Credit: File

It's time to put on elastic waist pants, table your opinions and give thanks for a day when overeating is not only allowed, it's expected.

Poll
What are you most thankful for?
Final Results Voting Closed

What are you most thankful for?

  • Friends
    6%
  • Parents, extended family
    10%
  • Significant other
    14%
  • Children, grandchildren
    35%
  • Pets
    3%
  • Health
    28%
  • Work
    1%
  • Hobbies
    0%
  • Other
    4%

The original 1621 harvest meal was held over three days, but modern Thanksgiving is just a mere few hours.

The average Thanksgiving meal is about 3,000 calories, with 563 grams in the form of carbohydrates and 229 grams of fat, according to plexusworldwide.com .

It's no surprise people pack on some pounds over the holidays. Walking at a moderate pace for an hour burns just 156 calories, according to calorielab.com . Running ups the burn to 476.

But don't let a few pounds stop all the fun of overindulging. After all, the cook went through a lot of time and money to bring on the banquet. Here are some other fun facts from History.com :

  • The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 is about $50 and takes around seven hours to prepare.
  • About 46 million turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving, or about 690 million pounds.
  • About 88 percent of Americans have turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • The sweet potato was the most popular Thanksgiving side dish vegetable in 2010.
  • The most popular pie served on Thanksgiving is pumpkin or apple.
  • About 84.3 million people will watch football on Thanksgiving
  • People surveyed are most thankful for friends, followed by family and then health.

Let us what you're most thankful for.

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