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Healthy Thanksgiving Eating Tips

Does turkey really make you sleepy? What’s the healthiest kind of pie? Test your holiday nutrition savvy

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
Episode #164
Compared with a piece of apple pie, a piece of pumpkin pie has 100 fewer calories and lots more antioxidants and other essential nutrients. That said, it does have a significant amount of sugar so best to keep it to one piece.

Should You Use Baking Soda as an Antacid?

But moderation isn’t usually on the menu for Thanksgiving. Most of us end up just as stuffed as the turkey, which brings me to our next question. True or false? Using baking soda as an antacid can blow a hole in your stomach.

This one is true. Baking soda in water is an old-fashioned home remedy for indigestion. Alka-seltzer is simply baking soda and aspirin compressed into a fizzy tablet. But if you’re uncomfortable as a result of eating too much, it’s probably best not to reach for one of these remedies. There have been cases where people have suffered from stomach ruptures after taking baking soda on a very full stomach.

Obviously, it’s best to stop before you get to that point but if you do find yourself with an over-filled stomach, your best bet is to walk it off.

OK, this next one isn’t really Thanksgiving lore, per se, but I’ve included because it involves cranberries.

Does Cranberry Juice Help Urinary Tract Infections?

True or false? Cranberry juice is an effective remedy for urinary tract infections.

This one’s partially true. Cranberry juice does reduce the ability of bacteria to stick the lining of the urinary tract, making it harder for bacteria to become established there and cause an infection. If bacteria already have a good hold, cranberry juice probably won’t help much. But for people who are prone to UTIs, a daily dose of cranberry juice or a powdered cranberry supplement can help prevent repeated infections. Drinking more water helps, too.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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