Experts: Overeating On Thanksgiving Not That Bad After All

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(Davis, CA)
Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving – the holiday -- is one thing. Thanksgiving – the meal? That’s in a category of its own. 
Klatsky: It’s that one time of year when it’s sort of expected that one over-eats.
Dr. Arthur Klastky is a senior consultant in cardiology for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland with a Yale psychology degree. Klatsky sees America’s Puritan heritage imbedded in our dietary conflicts. 
Klatsky: Part of Puritanism says that anything that has sensory pleasure has a certain aspect of sinfulness about it.
He couldn’t find many culinary culprits from yesterday’s bender. 
Klatsky: Cranberry has a lot of antioxidants. Turkey is not the fattest of meats.
Klatsky was at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis earlier this week lecturing about the relationship between alcohol consumption and health. Chances are you didn’t reach a level of consumption yesterday he calls net harm. 
Klatsky: If you eat double what you usually eat, on Thanksgiving, you might gain half-a pound, or a quarter of a pound, depending on how much you over-eat.  So, you could compensate for the Thanksgiving meal by eating lighter for the next few days and it would probably come out even for the week.
But will Thanksgiving as we know it live on? Also lecturing at the Mondavi Institute this week was Dr. Solomon Katz, a food anthropologist and editor of the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. He believes market forces might curb our ability to binge. 
Katz: Right now, food prices are going up very rapidly. So by next Thanksgiving, we’re going to be thinking vastly differently, I think, about our food, than we did for this Thanksgiving.

Instead of counting calories, we might be counting pennies.