Fit Food: the Benefits of Turkey
“While turkey gets its day in the sun (er, the oven) on Thanksgiving, the bird is sometimes overshadowed by more popular choices like chicken or beef the rest of the year. But this nutritional powerhouse is a great way to add variety to your daily diet — without tacking on extra fat and unwanted calories. Check it out:
One 3.5 oz serving (about the size of a deck of cards) of skinless turkey breast packs 30 grams of protein—but only 161 calories and 4 grams of fat.
Turkey is loaded with B vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and zinc — those are some serious nutrients. Plus it’s rich in selenium, an antioxidant necessary for thyroid metabolism and boosting immunity.
It also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that triggers serotonin production and helps you catch some zzz’s.
11 Amazing Health Benefits of Turkey Food & Nutrition By Jose Adams April 9, 2018 No Comments naturalfoodseries.com
“..Turkey a special feature in America Thanksgiving comes with amazing health benefits that includes strengthening immune system, boosting metabolism, maintaining psychological health, supporting weight loss, promoting cardiovascular health, a good source of protein, supporting teeth and bones health, maintaining cholesterol levels, managing diabetes, treating anemia and supporting healthy skin..”
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Turkey Leg Nutritional Facts by BRIDGET COILA Oct. 03, 2017 livestrong.com
One serving of turkey leg, approximately 3 1/2 oz. and containing both meat and skin, weighs 100 g. In a 100 g serving, there are 208 calories. A serving of turkey leg has 28 g of protein and 10 g of fat, including 3 g of saturated fat. The omega-6 content of a serving of turkey leg is 2270 mg and there is also 190 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. Turkey has no carbohydrates, but it contains 77 mg of sodum and 85 mg of cholesterol per 100 g serving.
Turkey contains 37.8 mcg of selenium per serving, about 54 percent of the daily recommended intake. A serving of turkey leg is also high in zinc, with 4.3 mg, or 28 percent of the daily recommendation. Other minerals in turkey leg include iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper. A turkey drumstick also contains vitamins B-6, B-12, K and E, pantothenic acid, folate, niacin, thiamin, choline and betaine…”
*see Health: Nutrition-Micronutrients Pt. 4~Vitamins=Trace Minerals goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com
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Food Fight!: Turkey White Meat vs. Dark Meat
By: Dana Angelo White, M.S., R.D., A.T.C. foodnetwork.com
It’s the perpetual Thanksgiving debate: turkey legs or breast meat? We all have our taste preferences, but which one is healthier?
Ditching the turkey skin is the first step to a lighter meal. Poultry skin is high in calories and fat. Keep the skin intact to cook the bird (it helps retain moisture) but remove before digging in.
Because this portion has a lower fat content, the white meat can dry out more easily. Less fat also means more protein, but don’t get too excited: The protein content of white meat is only slightly higher than dark meat. Cuts of lean protein like turkey breast are also rich in vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin B6, iron, zinc and selenium.
The higher fat content of the legs, wings and thighs (aka dark meat) imparts a lot of flavor, plus helps the meat stay moist. A 3-ounce portion of dark meat is slightly higher in cholesterol and contains an additional 20 calories and 2 grams more fat than an equal portion of white meat. The good (and often surprising) news is the type of fat; dark meat contains predominantly the heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated kinds. Dark meat also boasts a high mineral content and is more plentiful in iron, zinc and selenium.
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