Give Thanksgiving an Italian spin: take your time eating

Nov 25, 2015 494

By Ryan Stewart

This Thanksgiving, do as the Romans do. No, you don't need to plan your holiday feast around pasta, pizza or breads. But you might do well to take a page from the Italians when it comes to the structure of your holiday meals, said according to Stephen Prescott, M.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation president.

In Italy, as well as many other European nations, the custom is to break up formal meals into several courses, sometimes including as many as nine separate dishes over the span of several hours. Because of the careful presentation of the food and the time between servings, each course becomes a small event. It also prevents gorging, because the built-in delay helps promote a feeling of fullness.

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