Turkey Day Numbers Stagger Nation

Graphic by Rileigh McCoy

Graphic by Rileigh McCoy

Rachel Haywood
Editor in Chief

It’s no secret that Americans love food.  There’s a fast food restaurant on nearly every street, and twice as many gas stations/convenience  stores.  If there’s a CVS on one corner, there is bound to be a Walgreens on an adjacent corner.

Every holiday season is sprinkled with families gathered around the table and hours of cooking.  Although Thanksgiving is a holiday unique to the United States, our nation cooks way too much food for the holidays.  After all the food is made, Thanksgiving is meant to be kind of lazy.

Everyone should enjoy the company of family and friends! Plus no one likes to eat 2,500 calories in a single meal and then go for a 10 mile run to work it off!  The best time to take a nap on Thanksgiving is after you’ve stuffed your face with all the good food.

How much food is eaten in the United States during the Thanksgiving holiday, you ask? Well, here are all the facts:

46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving each year (736 million pounds)

40 million green bean casseroles are made with 27,500,000  pounds of fried onions!

2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were grown in 2014

Americans eat 50 million pumpkin pies

856 million pounds of cranberries are grown in 2014

That’s an impressive amount of food for 317 million Americans. So gather around the table with family and friends. Grab the turkey stuffing and everyone laugh at your weird uncle. ‘Tis the Season! Please enjoy responsibly.


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