Friday Fun Fact – Turkey: Health & Nutrition Facts

The highlight of most Thanksgiving meals is the turkey, a special treat that many families prepare in honor of this holiday. Turkey is actually a very nutritional meat. Here are some facts about the nutritional content of turkeys to keep in mind this Thanksgiving:

  • If you’re looking to cut back on calories this Thanksgiving, go for the white meat of the turkey, which has fewer calories than the dark meat. Also, choose meat that does not have the skin on it, which adds extra fat and calories.
  • Turkey is low in fat and high in protein, which makes it a healthy meat choice for the holidays.
  • Turkey is a great source of several key nutrients, including potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and B vitamins.
  • A single serving size of turkey is about the size and thickness of a deck of cards, which is just slightly over 3 ounces. If the serving is breast meat without skin, it contains about 4 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein. If it is dark meat without skin, it contains about 8 grams of fat and 28 grams of protein.
  • While it’s a common myth that has been passed from dinner table to dinner table, turkey is not really responsible for that Thanksgiving Day food coma. The real culprit is the amount of food that people eat during this yearly feast. The processing and digestion of all that food takes away blood from other parts of your body, including the brain, causing people to feel tired and drowsy.