Nutrition and Health
According to the book, "Super Foods" by Steven Pratt and Kathy Mathews (Random House), "Turkey is one of the 14 super foods that will change your life."
Turkey is low in fat and is in fact one of the leanest meats available. It's high in protein. It's a good source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and B vitamins. These are good reasons to eat turkey more often and for breaking the tradition of only eating turkey at Christmas, Thanksgiving or at wedding banquets.
Table: showing nutritional comparisons between turkey and chicken. Note the significant differences in fat content.
|Meat||Kilojoules||Calories||Protein %||Saturated fat %||Total fat %|
|Raw turkey breast w/o skin||420||100||22.4||0.36||1.06|
|Raw chicken breast w/o skin||458||109||22.3||0.58||2.13|
|Raw turkey breast w skin & fat||508||121||21.4||1.33||3.89|
|Raw chicken breast w skin & fat||714||171||19.8||3.07||10.2|
|Raw turkey light meat||457||109||21.7||0.83||2.38|
|Raw chicken light meat||568||136||21.3||1.68||5.57|
|Raw turkey dark meat||577||138||17.8||2.58||7.41|
|Raw chicken dark meat||705||168||17.5||3.3||11|
|Raw turkey drum w skin & fat||438||105||20.3||0.85||2.5|
|Raw chicken drum w skin & fat||699||167||17.4||3.15||10.9|