Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – the biggest American “eating” day of the year. So we thought we’d share a few fun facts. Did you know the average person on Thanksgiving eats around 4,500 calories? (By the way, that's more than double the daily amount a person should eat). For instance, on average one cup of mashed potatoes is 238 calories. One cup of stuffing is 363 calories. One cup of eggnog is 342 calories and a slice of pumpkin pie will set you back 323 calories. We haven’t even gotten to the sweet potatoes covered in marshmallows, the cranberry sauce or the gravy. Yikes!
On a day like Thanksgiving -- when let’s face it, we are going to eat it anyway -- maybe it is better not to know things like you’ll have to walk 30 miles or swim for 5 hours to work off your Thanksgiving feast. But, for most of the other days of the year, we generally like knowing what is in the food we are eating (if you really want to know, check out this article about how the average Thanksgiving dinner is chock-full-of chemicals – just not enough to kill us). So, while as drug and device lawyers we focus on the "D" in FDA, as consumers we appreciate the "F". And, when there is a favorable preemption decision in the food arena, it piques our interest as drug lawyers and as eaters.
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