If the best part of Thanksgiving is the meal itself, the next-best part has to be all the TALES told at the table – when everyone shares family lore.
Some of it’s true. You saw it yourself. And some it… well… let’s just say we all have an uncle that loves to tell a good fish tale.
But it turns out some of the biggest whoppers around that table aren’t about the family. They’re about the meal itself!
For example, at the end of the meal, someone will invariably yawn and say, “it must’ve been the turkey!”
After all, turkey is a source of the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan.
There’s not nearly enough on your plate to have any real or immediate impact. Most people get sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner for a much simpler reason. They ate A LOT. And that causes the whole body to slow as it attempts to process all that food.
But that’s hardly the only myth about America’s favorite dinner of the year…
MYTH #1: Only eat the white meat – and avoid the skin
Everyone knows turkey breast is healthy. But many folks also believe the myth that the rest of the bird is an unhealthy indulgence.
Not true. The dark meat on any bird is a top source of minerals and other nutrients. In fact, it contains even more good-for-you nutrients then you’ll find in the white meat.
And the skin is supposedly the unhealthiest part, right?
Well, most of the fats that supposedly make that skin bad for you actually drip down into the pan when you cook it. So what’s left in the skin actually has an excellent fat profile, even by mainstream’s often misguided standards.
By the way, most of the “healthy” turkey breast we eat the rest of the year is of the processed lunch-meat variety, which is the very opposite of “healthy.”
Here’s your chance to get the real deal – moist cuts of white meat, perfect for leftovers and soups – without the chemicals of processed foods.
MYTH #2: Cranberry is healthy
Well, okay, this one isn’t strictly a myth. Because the truth is, cranberry IS healthy.
But if you’ve ever made a cranberry recipe at home… or your own cranberry sauce… you know what’s REALLY inside those dishes.
An absolute MOUNTAIN of sugar. (And don’t even get me started about that jellied stuff in the cans.)
And if you’ve ever eaten a plain cranberry – or tried to – you know why. Plain, raw, cranberries are practically inedible.
So pass on the cranberry sauce. Or make your own healthier version. Toss the cranberries along with stevia or erythritol, a whole orange (peel and all), and a dash of vanilla extract into a food processor or blender.
And if you want the benefits of cranberry all year round – especially if you’re prone to UTIs – take an extract instead.
MYTH #3 Pumpkin pie is bad for you
Okay, so pumpkin pie isn’t exactly the healthiest thing in the world. It’s got added sugar in it, after all. But this is a special occasion. And if you cook the pie yourself, you can tweak the recipe, cut the sugar, boost the benefits, and put this myth to bed.
You don’t even have to replace the missing sugar with a substitute in most cases. Even after you slash the sugar in the recipe, you’ll find many pies are still sweet. If you search online, you’ll find some great recipes that use much less sweetener to start with. Look for one that uses an actual “sugar pumpkin” rather than the stuff from the can.
Pumpkin is packed with fiber, protein, and essential vitamins, including A and K.
That alone makes it great. But the cinnamon you add gives it an extra benefits boost. Real cinnamon can help support healthy blood sugar and is loaded with age-fighting antioxidants.
This year at Thanksgiving when the tall tales start flying be sure to set everyone straight about THESE three myths.