• Does turkey really make you sleepy?
While turkey has tryptophan protein that increases serotonin levels, why would foods containing the same products like chicken and fish not linked to sleep induction? The high rate of post-meals malaise may be caused by eating high amounts of carbohydrates, including potatoes and sugary desserts. I always tell my clients to consider eating something before a thanksgiving meal to avoid the temptation of overeating, especially the carbs.
• Is canned pumpkin less nutritious than fresh?
Well, not really, because their nutritional value is almost similar. For instance, a single half cup of each one offers the recommended daily requirement of vitamin A. Both products can also give other valuables, including iron, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. The only small difference is how fresh pumpkin seeds can be used to modify different dishes.
• Post-meal is the best time to take a Thanksgiving nap (we should take a walk instead)
No. Instead of a nap, why not take a walk? A nap can delay digestion and cause potential stomach issues. But I recommend walking to help enhance digestion and reduce blood sugar amounts. I always tell my clients that a simple 10-15 minutes’ walk is enough.
• Cranberries require a ton of added sugar to taste good
The short answer is no. Adding sugar is unnecessary to these great and colorful fruits. Added sugar may only ruin the healthful benefits brought by antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin C and fiber.
• Turkey dark meat is less healthy than breast meat
Whether dark or breast turkey, a thermometer should tell the doneness of the portion being served. The USDA body recommends a temperature of 165 degrees. Therefore, avoid the thought that breast is healthier when heating is the main thing that brings color difference, but the contents are the same.