Christmas Day Britons will consume 6,000 caloriesTurkey is the most popular festive poultry

22 December 2007

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Britons will munch their way through an average 3.63 roast potatoes and 2.95 chipolatas during Christmas dinner, a retailer said today.

The most popular average start time for the meal is 2.24pm, a poll for Sainsbury's found.

Turkey breast is the most popular type of poultry to have with the dinner, along with an average 2.54 spoonfuls of Brussels sprouts, the survey revealed.

Sparkling wine

One third (35%) of respondents expected to toast the meal with champagne while 37% chose sparkling wine.

On average 5.25 people will sit around the table for Christmas dinner.

During the course of December 25 people will eat on average 6,000 calories compared with the 2,000 per day which is recommended for women and 2,500 for men.

Turkey

Sainsbury's nutritionist Charlie Parker warned: 'It's a relief that Christmas comes just once a year because if we ate like this every day we'd be in trouble.'

But she said turkey meat was a good source of low-fat protein while potatoes and parsnips were full of fibre, adding: 'While the festive plate might be heaving, it's still possible to make it well-balanced and highly nutritious - if a little heavy on the calories.'

More than three-quarters (77%) of the women questioned for Sainsbury's expected to be in charge of the cooking on Christmas Day.

The online poll of 2,583 adults for Sainsbury's was carried out by market researchers YouGov earlier this month.

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