Don’t Fall ‘Fowl’ Of Too Much Turkey On Christmas Day

Fri 21st Dec 2018

A leading nutritionist has warned that overindulging on Christmas Day and then driving could be as dangerous as drink driving.

New research from Green Flag has revealed that 87 per cent of Brits will experience what is know as ‘festive food lag’ on Christmas Day and that the side-effects will make it dangerous to drive.

These effects include feeling sluggish, being unable to control falling asleep and slower reaction times. On average Brits consume a huge 60 per cent more calories on Christmas Day which leaves 75 per cent of those surveyed saying they feel tired after the meal, 70 per cent said they feel sluggish and more than a third say they are unable to control falling asleep. Despite these admissions, more than half (53%) say they will still drive after eating Christmas Dinner.

Jenny Tschiesche, Nutritionist and BSc (Hons) Dip(ION) FdSc BANT, said:  “People reporting desperate tiredness after their Christmas dinner isn't surprising considering the amount of carbohydrates we'll consume on Christmas Day. Similarly, the sluggishness people experience is caused because there's a high salt content in our festive treats, and this makes our bodies retain water.

“What is surprising however is the danger drivers are putting themselves in. People must take care after consuming stodgy foods this Christmas, and there are some simple safety measures you can take on Christmas Day if you find yourself needing to drive.

“Just making sure you have enough water throughout the day will keep you hydrated and banish the sluggishness. Favouring non-starchy vegetables on your dinner plate is also going to help keep your energy levels up, in other words, eat your sprouts! Also think about the run up to Christmas. Make sure you get enough sleep before the big day, and don't crash diet to prepare for a big meal.

“The most dangerous time to drive is three hours after eating. That's because most of us have a metabolic rate of about three hours, so this is the point where we will feel the most tired.”