We're entering the danger season — first Thanksgiving, then Christmas and finally New Year's, all in about six weeks. Three chances to wreak havoc with all our good dietary intentions. How bad can it get? Pretty bad — just one holiday dinner can provide more calories than most of us should consume in a day.
About 1,500 cooking fires occur every Thanksgiving, mostly from deep frying turkeys. While this practice is fairly new, my family was exposed to a very different Thanksgiving hazard many years ago: Aunt Wilma's turkey. Which is worse? Hard to say.
Your Thanksgiving turkey is a direct descendent of the dinosaur. Scientists have found that the turkey and the chicken have undergone the fewest genetic changes as compared with other birds to their avian ancestor, the dinosaur.
Don't let Thanksgiving flop; make sure your roast your turkey right! Check out our fun (and all-too-common) tips to a successful holiday.
Sorry grocery shoppers, but all of today's domestic turkeys -- even the ones labeled "organic" -- are actually GMOs. Years of artificial selection, by optimizing genetic traits, have made the genome of the turkey we eat significantly different than the genome of wild ones. So unless you shot yours in the woods, the turkey heading to your table isn't natural.