Health Benefits of Turkey
Just one mere serving of turkey has over half the daily recommended intake of protein. In addition, this meat is laden with B-complex vitamins, biotin, choline, copper, folate, folic acid, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, tryptophan and zinc.
The grand news about this beloved and historical poultry product is that it isn’t just a tasty staple protein; it also has a slew of terrific health benefits including but not limited to;
Anti-cancer properties Tryptophan produces T-cells, which in turn, fight off cancer cells. Selenium is a vital anti-oxidant that combats cancer-inducing free radicals in the body. Recent studies have shown that a portion of this meat eaten daily, minus the skin, lowers the risk of pancreatic cancer, in particular.
Anti-inflammatory properties Turkey meat has a marked amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help alleviate arthritis and asthma.
Blood sugar/Insulin Vitamin B6 is in abundance in turkey meat and helps regulate and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. High protein foods like this meat can help keep insulin levels within a preferred range.
Heart health White skinless turkey meat is quite low in saturated fat. It is also pretty low in salt, which is great news for folks with high blood pressure. Turkey has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol.
Immune system health Selenium aids in the healthy functioning of the immune system. Tryptophan is a serotonin-producing amino acid that generally strengthens the immune system.
Insomnia Tryptophan produces the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which calms mood, promotes overall well being and makes one far more likely to fall asleep with ease.
Mood Tryptophan produces serotonin, an important neuro-transmitter that does wonders to elevate mood.
Muscle health As turkey meat is rich in protein, moderate in carbs and low in calories, consuming it in conjunction with healthy exercise, can build strong and healthy muscles.
Protein Turkey actually provides more protein per gram than chicken! There are, in fact, 32 grams of protein in one 114 gram serving, and protein-rich foods help regulate digestion.
Thyroid health Selenium is crucial to healthy functioning of the thyroid.
Anti-oxidant properties Selenium is an anti-oxidant that combats cell-damaging free radicals that can result in premature aging. Anti-oxidants help promote smooth, elastic skin, shiny hair and strong nails.
Since turkey is a terrific source of protein, and relatively low in calories, it will award guilt-free, healthy nourishment that will keep you feeling full and satisfied, and far less likely to reach for empty snacks during the course of your day
Energy Turkey meat is a great source of B6 and niacin, both of which are vital for energy production.
When you are able to do so, buy an organic turkey as it is generally has a higher nutrient content and of course better for your body.
Also, contrary to widespread belief, cooking turkey with the skin on is perfectly fine and recommended. The fat will NOT seep into the meat, and the skin will keep the meat from drying out.
For a super juicy and tender American style Thanksgiving Turkey, try one of the many “brine recipe”. Serve with carrot hummus. asparagus & pomegranate dressing.
Salt, pepper turkey breast skewers for the Bbq on a proscuitto, charred peach and rocket salad.
Make a turkey and asparagus frittatta with lots of veggies of your liking, chai, sunflower seeds, serve with kale pesto.
Mould together a gourmet ground turkey and quinoa meatloaf wrapped in kombu serve it with whipped cabbage and a side of garlicky sautéed spinach.
A tantalizing turkey tetrazzini made with amarynth or teff, bone broth from the meat & blended cashew nut sauce.
A sumptuous turkey, leek & almond pot pie bubbling in a healthy, earthy crust made of lentil flour, butter & crispy cooked brown rice.
“I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases. ~Harry S. Truman