It’s hard to imagine a holiday, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, without turkey. It’s an important food throughout certain times of the year. Whether you’re a dieter or just curious about what you’ve been eating, here are 9 facts about turkey nutrition…
85 grams of roasted turkey breast that is not enhanced contains 135 calories, 3.26 g of fat, 24.70 g of protein and 0 grams of carbohydrates.
In comparison, there are 173 calories, 5.13 g of fat, 23.55 g of protein and 0 g of carbohydrate in the same 85 grams of dark roasted turkey meat.
Turkey is also comprised of Vitamins B6 and B12, along with niacin, zinc, choline and selenium.
More vitamins and minerals can be found more on the dark meat of the turkey. In addition, they also contain more calories and fat.
Depending on the turkey you eat, you can increase your sodium intake for the day. Some brands of turkey are much higher in sodium than others.
Turkey also contains an amino acid known as tryptophan. This is referred to as the reason why people usually want to nap after a large Thanksgiving dinner. However, it was proven that turkey does not contain high enough tryptophan to cause sleepiness. In fact, tryptophan can be found in all kinds of meat.
A single serving of turkey skin provides 115 calories and around 11 grams of fat according to the USDA. In addition, you are very unlikely to eat the turkey skin raw, and therefore need to consider butter and pan drippings when calculating the total number of turkey calories.
Because of the amount of fat on turkey skin, it’s easy to eat a much less fattening and therefore leaner dish when you remove the skin.
Unless it is indicated on the menu, calculating the calorie and fat count in a turkey burger is difficult, as a wide variety of ingredients may be in the burger. Wise dieters should never assume that a turkey burger contains fewer calories than a typical beef burger. Due to the addition of all these ingredients, it is not crazy to think that a turkey burger would surpass 500 calories.
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