Czech Christmas Dinner is One of World’s Healthiest

Fried carp and potato salad? One of the lowest-calorie Christmas meals, according to new study

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 14.12.2015 10:07:06 (updated on 14.12.2015) Reading time: 1 minute

The traditional Czech Christmas meal – consisting of fish soup, fried carp, potato salad, and more – has been ranked as one of the world’s lowest-calories Christmas dinners according to a new study by

The Czech Christmas meal weighs in at 1940 calories, coming in at 3rd-lowest among the 28 countries surveyed.

For the record, the study uses the following benchmark for Czech Christmas dinner:

  • Christmas fish soup
  • Vánočka
  • Fried carp
  • Potato salad
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Boiled vegetables
  • Christmas cookies
  • Gingerbread
  • Fruitcake

The study also notes that no alcohol is served, which may not be entirely accurate, at least going by personal experience.


Only Japan and Lithuania rated lower calories. In Lithuania, the traditional Christmas meal consists of herring, eel, fried dumplings, sauerkraut, cranberry pudding, and more.

Traditional Christmas dinner in Japan? A box meal from KFC. Go figure

The countries with the highest-calorie Christmas meals? Not much of a surprise: the US and UK top the list, coming in at 3291 and 3189 calories, respectively.

In the UK, the study’s traditional Christmas meal consists of prawn cocktail, Yorkshire pudding, roast turkey, beef, and gammon, pigs in blankets, Christmas pudding, mince pie, and more.

In the US, the traditional meal includes roast turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, creamed spinach, eggnog, and chocolate fudge.

Interestingly, the study revealed a correlation between the number calories in the meals and the number of public holidays in each country.

The Czech Republic and Lithuania each celebrate a total of four public holidays over the Christmas period (December 24-26, and New Year’s Day), while Finland and Iceland, which also rank as low-calorie meals, have a total of five holidays over this period.

The US and France, which comes in with the third-highest number of calories, only celebrate two public holidays over the period, while the UK has three.

For full results, including all the meals used to compare each country, you can read more at

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