By the Numbers: Counting the calories in holiday foods

By the Numbers: Counting the calories in holiday foods

The average American gains one to five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Holiday foods might taste good, but they also unleash an excess of calories.

Here’s a calculation to keep in mind the next time you pop a holiday treat in your mouth: The average person burns 100 calories per mile walked, and each mile consists of roughly 2,000 steps.

Here’s how many steps you’ll have to walk to burn off your favorite holiday foods:

  • Eggnog (without alcohol): 343 calories or 6,860 steps  
  • Fruitcake: 324 calories or 6,480 steps
  • Dinner roll: 110 calories or 2,200 steps
  • Candy Canes: 60 calories or 1,200 steps

While turkey can be a lean meat, go easy. Dark meat with skin has 70 more calories than white meat and 3 times the fat. The skin alone can hold up to 44 grams of fat.  So if you cut out the skin, you'll be saving your steps.

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