Monday, November 22, 2010

Talkin' Turkey

Thanksgiving is coming up and many of us Americans stick with tradition and roast a turkey as the main dish. Turkey is not only yummy, but brings with it many health benefits.

Since most of its fat is in the skin, a serving of turkey meat without the skin is very low in fat. That's the reason why it is best to roast the turkey in the skin; so that the juices can stay in the meat. That's also why, if left out, turkey meat drys out so fast. Ground turkey can be substituted in any recipe that calls for ground beef. Just know that you might want to brown it using a bit of no-fat or low-fat chicken broth, or maybe EVOO so that it is not so dry.

Turkey is very high in selenium, a mineral used in your body's production of T3, the most active form of thyroid hormone. Compared to beef, turkey is much less likely to form N-nitroso compounds in the large intestine. These compounds have been associated with an increased risk of colon cancer. Turkey also is high in some of the B vitamins, which are important for overal energy production. The high protein content in turkey has been compared to egg whites and tuna, two of the best sources of protein.


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