Turkey most certainly needs to come out much more than just once a day on Thanksgiving! This delicious form of poultry is available all year long in several forms including the turkey as a whole, turkey slices and grounded turkey, so on and so forth. So why is turkey so popular, besides its delicious taste of course? The answer is that turkey, in addition to being tasty, is low in both fat and cholesterol just like chicken.
Nutrition Facts of Turkey:
Just like chicken, turkey has earned itself a good reputation for being a form of lean meat. It is also well known for being highly nutritious. After all, just about 100 grams of turkey breast is a total of 104 calories with fat as low as 2 grams, 4 grams of carbohydrates, and as high as 17 grams of proteins. Moreover, it has 43 milligrams of cholesterol and 1015 milligrams of sodium.
Health Benefits of Turkey:
- Exploding with nutrients, it is no wonder turkey is popular amongst nutritionists. The nutrients in turkey are advantageous in a number of ways, for example it helps in maintaining blood cholesterol and blood pressure, improving the immune system and in preventing birth defects.
- Some nutritionists do make the argument that turkey is quite fattening, this is not the case once the skin has been removed which constitutes half the fat. Moreover, compared to other forms of meat such as beef, pork and even chicken, turkey is believed to have the least amounts of both saturated fats and total fat in addition to the least amount of cholesterol.
- It is also abundant in proteins, which if further used by the body to produce amino acids. Another mineral in has in common with chicken is selenium, which is important for a number of reasons. (See chicken section.)
- Turkey is also enriched with B vitamins, just like chicken.
- Turkey is also believed to be a testosterone booster and mood enhancer. It is a mood enhancer because it has an amino acid known as tryptophan which goes on to produce serotonin - a neurotransmitter that brightens the mood.