This is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, and so posting may not resume in full strength until Tuesday. In the meantime, because, after all, the ‘r’ in Slaw stands for research, I thought we Canadians might like to know something about what we’re about to eat or have already eaten or regret having eaten… I’m speaking, of course, about that seasonal food, turkey.
As if by plan, StatsCan’s Daily for Friday points us to Health Canada’s Canadian Nutrient File which in turn has a table of the nutrient value in some common foods, available in PDF. The full story of turkey is here: you may be interested to know, for example, that dark meat has way more zinc per serving than white meat (3.8mg : 1.8mg), or that turkey is completely free of vitamin A. It’s all here in the chart; just click on the small graphic to see the facts.
Now if turkey’s not your tipple, there’s a wealth of information on other “common foods,” such as boiled seal (rather more protein than turkey), roasted muskrat (lots of fat), or Almond Joy™ candy bars…
On second thought, all this may be too much information for you; I mean, who really likes to see what goes into sausages or legislation, to paraphrase Bismark (himself a lover of both I would have said); after all, which Canadian wants to know that there are 1209 kilojoules of energy in a single jelly-filled doughnut (by comparison with the 422 kJ in one “barge pilot biscuit.” Best not to have gone metric, then.
Another ounce of gravy?