Lean protein in your superfood! Turkey is best

By Charles Hopkins Published 10/14/2006 | Food & Drink

You are pretty well aware of the relationship between turkey and Thanksgiving Day. It is also interesting to learn about the relationship between turkey and superfoods. Would you like to know? Turkey meat contains fat and protein like any other bird or animal meat. It can provide you with too many calories and can affect your health if you over-consume. Please notice one thing. The assumption regarding turkey meat and its nutrients is one thing, but the facts and figures may be something else.

This is exactly the case with turkey. The reason turkey is included in the list of superfoods is that it is a lean protein meat, which is easily digestible and a great energizer. At the same time, it prevents any type of increase in your cholesterol level or deposits of fat in your body. Wow, and yummy! Two problems are resolved at the same time if you eat turkey. The first one is definitely related to your health and harmony, and the latter is related to your diet and taste.

You cant always eat drab things for the sake of your health. After all, how many times can you hold off those taste buds? For this reason, turkey is a real boon to the superfood list. Very exceptionally, the turkey dishes meet the superfood criteria for both health and taste.

Nutrient configuration in turkey

The protein portion: Take a quick look at the protein content in the meat and shed all illusions you have comparing it to any other meat protein. There is no doubt about the lean protein content of turkey. In real figures, you will find that in 100 grams of turkey, only around 23 grams are protein. And this is quite low. You will jump for joy when you do the calculation in terms of your daily requirement, however. This amount of protein is 50% of the amount that an adult should consume. Enjoy a nice turkey roast tonight.

The fluffy fat: This is probably the most annoying part of any food, right? On the contrary, it happens to be a very viable source of energy. Turkey meat is among the lowest producers of fat and calories. Only 155 calories in 100 grams of turkey and thats talking about the breast portion, the real fatty area.

The vital vitamins: Turkey meat should be immediately included in the diet of those suffering from anemia. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin B12, which is a key nutrient that enhances the growth of red blood cells. Niacin is another Vitamin B and, in turkey meat, is an important nutrient. Think of it in this way - The turkey meat fulfills around two-third of the total amount of nutrients a normal adult requires to keep healthy.

The main minerals: Zinc is in the top position on the mineral list for turkey meat. Zinc has a vital role to play in the bodys metabolic function and also protects you from any type of injury. It also helps in enhancing the immunity of your body. Iron, potassium and magnesium are among the other important minerals found in the turkey meat.

As a whole, turkey is a delicious part of your diet. Now, you cant complain saying superfood is dull and tasteless. Eating it is being health conscious.