By the Numbers

By Contributor – November 17, 2012

Counting calories? Get out your calculator for Thanksgiving, as we found some nutrition numbers that may surprise you.1941
Year Congress decided to make Thanksgiving an official national holiday

3,000
Average number of calories consumed by Americans on Thanksgiving

1,088
Number of restaurants within Austin’s city limits

43
Number of people in millions who travelled for Thanksgiving in 2011

49
Average price paid in dollars by shoppers for a Thanksgiving dinner

33
Percentage of Americans who have eaten Indian cuisine

63
Percentage of Americans who think a low-fat diet is more important than a low-carb diet

91
Percentage of Americans who find it easy to get fruits and vegetables

29
Grams of protein in a 100-gram piece of turkey breast

1,053
Average cost of food per month in Austin in dollars, including groceries and eating out

8
Percentage of 18- to 29-year-old Americans who eat out four or more times a week

128
Number of restaurants on or near the University of Texas campus

3
Number of recommended ounces in one portion of both red and white meat

37
Number of different types of Marie Callender’s pies

396
Calories burned in an hour by a 150-pound person taking a walk (male or female)

48,000
Number of people served by the Capital Area Food Bank in any given week

150,000
Pounds of garbage, including food, packaging, and glass, produced annually by the average American restaurant

44
Millions of people who watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade every year

972
Number of sweet potatoes in millions produced by North Carolina for Thanksgiving in 2010, more than any other state

18
Number of total pounds of turkey consumed by Americans every year, second only to Israel (which eats 28 pounds of turkey annually)

7
Millions of people who watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” each year

7
Number of vegetarians in America in millions (turkeys can give a sigh of relief)

27
Number of floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

45
Number of turkeys, in millions, consumed in America every Thanksgiving

Sources:
http://www.acefitness.org/pressroom/392/hard-to-believe-average-thanksgiving-meal-equals-3; http://kevinfields.articlealley.com/which-city-really-does-have-the-most-restaurants-per-capita-108023.html; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/thanksgiving-travel-expec_0_n_1099519.html; http://www.gallup.com/poll/156710/Americans-Say-Low-Fat-Diet-Better-Low-Car.aspx; http://www.gallup.com/poll/153842/Fewer-Americans-Report-Healthy-Eating-Habits-2011.aspx;
http://www.healthalternatives2000.com/meat-protein-nutrition-chart.html; http://www.bundle.com/spending/data/food-drink/austin-tx/; http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500160_162-1060315.html;
http://kevinfields.articlealley.com/which-city-really-does-have-the-most-restaurants-per-capita-108023.html; http://www.livestrong.com/article/259572-what-is-a-serving-size-of-meat/; http://www.mcpies.com/famous_pies/pie_menu.php); http://www.caloriecontrol.org/healthy-weight-tool-kit/lighten-up-and-get-moving
; http://www.austinfoodbank.org/hunger-is-unacceptable/facts.html; http://dinegreen.com/standards/GRACompleteStandards.pdf; http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving-facts; http://insidetv.ew.com/2008/11/28/ratings-leftove/; http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/vegetarianism-in-america/; http://manhattan.about.com/od/eventsandattractions/a/macysparadenyc.htm; http://www.peta.org/features/Thanksgiving-Grace.aspx;
http://www.herald-mail.com/news/hm-jeff-semler-turkey-at-thanksgiving-has-long-history-in-america-20111121,0,7133443.story

 

 
 

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