Turkey - Nutritional and Health Benefits
I hope you had a great time on Christmas day and ate a lot of turkey! 😊 Why? Because turkey is a special Christmas (ok, and Thanksgiving) food and comes with amazing nutritional and health benefits.
- Turkey is the king of all meats in terms of protein content, and when consumed skinless it is low in fat and therefore can help lower cholesterol levels. Quick tip; the white meat of the turkey contains more protein than the dark one.
- Turkey meat is high in some essential vitamins and minerals, like, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, iron (less than red meat).
- Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system. It also promotes sleep and is recommended to those suffering from chronic insomnia.
- Turkey contains carnosine, creatine, and taurine. Those compounds have anti-age and cardio-protective properties and are related to improving sports performance, endurance, and muscular strength.
- Last but not least, turkey meat is a good source of selenium, an essential mineral for thyroid hormone metabolism, a powerful antioxidant, and important for a strong immune system.
If you like turkey (‘cause I do, a lot), eat it as unprocessed meat (of course cooked), not as prepacked turkey slices because they are highly processed (contain chemicals that I can’t even pronounce) or they are smoked or are made with sodium nitrites. However, if you enjoy prepacked turkey slices, eat them but in moderation.
To sum up, turkey is a fantastic food high in protein and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Prefer it unprocessed.