Rethink Your Thanksgiving

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There’s a dark side to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not trying to persuade you to abandon it. But here are the facts so you can make an informed decision for yourself, your family and perhaps your clients.

Risk of heart attack

Thanksgiving is typically the time when you are surrounded by loved ones. It’s most certainly not your intention to do them harm, yet the traditional Thanksgiving feast is fraught with health issues, some of which can be fatal.

Mortality rates in the United States spike every year around Thanksgiving.

While there are many reasons, heart attacks are a contributor. There’s evidence that an unusually heavy meal can increase the risk of a heart attack by around four times within two hours after eating.

Consuming alcohol with your big Thanksgiving dinner can increase the chances of a heart attack. According to cardiologist Shaista Malik, “[A]lcohol can be toxic to the heart – it can weaken the heart muscle. And it, too, can predispose a person to arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation.”