Turkey is a native bird of North America whose meat is appreciated all over the world for its taste and its nutritional content.
Rich in Proteins and B Vitamins
In fact, the meat of this bird is a great source of protein. Two thick slices of turkey (about 84 grams) contain 24 grams of protein. That’s almost half (48%) of the Daily Recommended Value!
Turkey is also rich in B vitamins. The same amount of turkey mentioned above contains 61% of the Daily Recommended Value of vitamin B3, 49% of vitamin B6 and 29% of vitamin B12. All these nutrients play essential roles, from strengthening cell communication and amino acid formation to the creation of red blood cells and DNA production.
Low in Fat
Turkey meat is low in fat, although this depends on the cut. Cut with the skin on have more fat than skinless cuts. Therefore, it’s advisable to remove the skin if your want to lower your calorie intake.
It’s also important to keep in mind that the processed versions of this meat contain high amounts of salt and sodium. So you may want to limit its consumption and favor unprocessed turkey meat instead.
It May Improve Mood
The benefits of turkey may also include improved mood. Its meat contains tryptophan, an amino acid sometimes blamed for causing sleepiness after a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. While this is a myth, our bodies do use tryptophan to make serotonin, a hormone that stabilizes mood.
This may be one of the reasons why turkey consumption has become commonplace all over the world, including some countries with renowned gastronomic traditions such as Italy and France. It also helps that this meat is extremely versatile and can be served in salad, curries, soups, meatballs and even burgers.
Try Our Cilantro-Lime Ground Turkey!
At Chef Gourmet we love turkey for its delicious taste and all the benefits it offers. That’s why we included Cilantro-Lime Ground Turkey in the menu for our Gourmet Prepared Meals.
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