Each year, without fail, the topic of when to eat Thanksgiving dinner becomes a source of lively debate in the days leading up to the holiday. Many people tend to eat their Thanksgiving dinner much earlier than they would on the weekdays, while others stick with early to late evening. But when it comes to diving into your turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving, is there even a "right" time? As you can imagine, the answer to that question is a bit loaded.
According to the experts, there isn't necessarily a right time to start digging in, but there's absolutely a wrong time. The consensus is that eating too close to when you'll go to bed Thanksgiving night has the potential to wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal system. Additionally, eating earlier in the day gives you more of a buffer between that oh-so-necessary second helping.
“It’s easier to adjust throughout the rest of the day if you’ve overeaten at an earlier meal. Also, having large meals closer to bedtime is less than ideal because then you’re full and you have undigested foods in your gastrointestinal system that can potentially lead to some gastric reflux in individuals who are prone to that,” Marie-Pierre St-Onge, associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University, shared with HuffPost.
Although a detailed report from The Atlantic states that 4 o'clock is the ideal time to serve Thanksgiving dinner, like most of America, Team Delish is *very* divided regarding the time they gather around the table.
"My midAtlantic/southern family is always early, by 2 pm at the latest. My New England in-laws always feels late to me. Dinner time 6pm," said Visual Director Rebecca Steele. Others say "cheers" as early as 1 pm, thinking of the meal as more of a brunch.
Others on Team Delish are a bit more lax on the holiday. "It's an all-day affair for my family, we have different things throughout the day. My mom wakes up early in the morning to cook. I eat at her house then I make my way to other family members throughout the day," Visual Assistant, Santos Norales revealed.
You know we have to ask... What time will you be dining this Thanksgiving?
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