Turkey Facts for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving Dinner

Here are a few turkey facts for this year’s Thanksgiving:

  • The largest turkey, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was 86 pounds (about the size of a large German shepherd).
  • More than 45 million turkeys will be cooked for Thanksgiving (1/6th of all turkeys eaten during the year).
  • Turkey is often cited as the reason you’ll feel sleepy after dinner. It contains L-tryptophan, an amino acid with a documented sleep inducing effect, but the real culprit is the whole meal.
  • Only wild turkeys can fly. Domesticated turkeys cannot.