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8 Thanksgiving Myths Debunked: Fact Checking Your Food Coma

Thanksgiving is about as traditional as you can get. The holiday has been around for centuries, and the celebration of it really hasn’t changed much. Essentially, you gather family and friends around a table, eat some turkey and slip in to a food-fueled haze. Frankly, it can be a little stale (much like the leftovers).

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In an effort to shake up the holiday, we’re taking on some of the most persistent myths about Thanksgiving. From sleep-inducing turkey to a show-down of the spuds, here are some holiday “facts” that you may want to get checked.

Myth 1: Turkey makes you sleepy

Want to take a nap after ingesting an enormous Thanksgiving dinner? It must be the tryptophan in the turkey! However, that’s not the case. While turkey does contain tryptophan, and tryptophan does make people sleepy, there’s not enough of it in your turkey dinner to have any effect. More likely you’re sleepy because of holiday stress, alcohol or the giant meal you just ate.

Myth 2: White meat is better than dark

Dark turkey meat has more calories and fat than white meat. It also has more vitamins and minerals per serving. Not only that, but because of the higher fat content, it has a juicier flavor which makes for better-tasting leftovers.
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Join ABC’s Tweet-a-thon for Feeding America and Fight Hunger this Holiday Season

On Tuesday, November 19, use your tweets for more than just a way to share your daily witticisms. On that day from 1-2 p.m., ET, ABC is holding a Tweet-a-thon to benefit Feeding America. Dr. Richard Besser, ABC’s chief medical editor, hosts the event where the network will donate $1.00 to Feeding America, up to $10,000, for every tweet that goes out during the hour-long ABC Health Tweet chat. By simply joining the conversation and using the hashtag #abcDRBchat, you can help fight hunger in America.

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Feeding America is an organization committed to hunger relief in our country. According to their website, the national food insecurity rate is 19.5 percent. That means almost 20 percent of people don’t have consistent access to adequate food. For children the statistic is even worse. Nearly 30 percent of kids are hungry or are facing the risk of hunger.

A network of food banks is Feeding America’s primary tool in the fight to end hunger. Every state, in addition to Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, has at least one food bank that is a part of that network. In addition to food banks, Feeding America coordinates volunteers, enables activists against hunger, and directs those who are hungry to the resources they need including the food banks and assistance programs.
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Get One Free Month at Retrofit by Joining an Exclusive G+ Hangout!

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That’s why we’re putting you face-to-face with the experts at Retrofit, a revolutionary, tech-savvy weight loss plan that’s proving more than 90 percent successful for its users. Each month we’ll host an exclusive G+ Hangout with a dietitian, exercise physiologist, and/or behavior coach from Retrofit, as well as one of their current clients. Then, we’ll open up six seats to YOU**. Hear from them on a number of informative and valuable topics, and then Q&A to answer your own burning questions.

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In November, just in time for the most food-focused, stressed-out season of the year, our hangout will feature Stefanie Painter, RD from Retrofit, who will explore the biggest hurdles facing you and your diet. True hunger, portions, and planning are just a few of the themes Stefanie will address. Then, we’ll open it up to answer your questions.
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Your Guide to Red, White and Blue Recipes for July 4th

The Fourth of July really is the only day of the year we can all just stop, breathe, enjoy. There’s no political tip-toeing around verbiage that may or may not offend. There are no gifts to buy, or tacky sweaters to awkwardly return. In my opinion, it’s the purest day on the American calendar.

We’d be remiss in celebrating everything that is grand about our country and its freedoms if we didn’t include the food. It’s the focal point of any celebration no matter where on the map you call home. In a time when we all need things to be just a little easier, this holiday comes with its own built-in color palette.

You often hear that your plates should be colorful, reflect the rainbow, in order to be most healthful. In this case, your plate is going to reflect Old Glory. There are plenty of red, white, and blue foods that you can feature at your BBQs and picnics this weekend that taste great, are good for you, and pull the theme together.

july 4th burgers and sangria

Start with our Red, White and Blue Turkey Burgers and Red, White and Blue Sangria for a delicious and refreshing start to your celebration that blends all three of our patriotic colors in to one plate or glass. Served together, they’re perfection.
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Fast Food Industry Fails to Serve Healthy Fish Sandwiches – 8 of the Best and Worst

In case you were wondering why the ads for fast-food fish increase this time of year – here’s your answer. Catholics started Lent on Wednesday, a 40-day observance wherein an individual fasts or abstains from something worldly, including abstinence from meat on Fridays. Catholics are permitted fish, and the restaurant industry takes full advantage. While grabbing a fish sandwich from a drive-thru seems innocent enough considering how healthful fish can be, those combos are often no better than the cheeseburgers.

Once you batter, fry, slather with mayo, and stuff fish inside a big white, starchy bun, you’re left with alarmingly high sodium and diet-crushing calorie counts.

We scanned restaurant menus to organize a list of the healthiest fish sandwiches, but our direction had to change when we couldn’t find any. That’s right – the fast food industry fails when it comes to serving a sandwich that meets our nutritional criteria, which is 500 calories and 500 milligrams of sodium or less for a meal. A couple come close with modifications, but they often don’t leave room for any sides.

McDonald’s Filet O’Fish Sandwich “wins” for the “healthier” fast food fish sandwich, as long as you ditch the cheese and maybe even the tartar sauce. The Long John Silver’s grilled salmon option is the best meal we found, and you even get to order corn with it! And for cold sandwiches, Panera barely wins with its tuna sandwich (barely because the sodium is still too high).

Take a look at the break down of eight of the most popular fast food restaurants and why you should avoid their fish menu. If you’ve got to go meatless on Friday, consider their vegetarian options – or just pack a lunch!
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