I swear turkey makes me sleepy! That, or I just eat way too much on Thanksgiving. If you’re gearing up for some quality family time next weekend, check out these 5 Thanksgiving myths that have been debunked. (Thanks to iVillage!!!)
Turkey Makes You Sleepy
Feel sleepy after the feast? Don’t blame it on the bird. Though it’s true that turkey does contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, you wouldn’t be able to eat enough for it to have a sedative effect. In fact, other foods like beef and and soybeans actually have more tryptophan that turkey does!
Canadian Thanksgiving Was Always in October
We’ve heard it before. Canadian Thanksgiving happens in October because of our northern climate and earlier harvest, right? Wrong. Canada’s early Thanksgivings were actually held in the second week of November — until Remembrance Day started cramping the festivities’ style. So in 1957, the government pushed the holiday back to October, where it’s remained ever since.
Thanksgiving Started as a Harvest Festival
Yes, there’s lots of wonderful food to eat right now, but our Thanksgiving didn’t start out being about the harvest. Canada’s first Thanksgiving was actually started by French-explorer Martin Frobisher to celebrate his safe passage from France to Newfoundland in 1578 (a full 93 years before those pilgrims landed in Plymouth!).
The Cornucopia is Only a Thanksgiving Symbol
We may equate a brimming horn of plenty with Thanksgiving (OK, or The Hunger Games), but the symbol of a horn filled with the harvest’s bounty has been celebrated since the time of the ancient Greeks.
Thanksgiving Only Happens in North America
For a holiday that’s purportedly about pilgrims and pumpkins in North America, there sure are a lot of other Thanksgiving festivals around the world. From Lithuania to Korea to Liberia, celebrating and giving thanks for good food and successful harvests is definitely an international affair.