Disclaimer: this article isn’t for vegetarians.
When tis the season to eat turkey (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Easter) we eat a lot! Turkey dinner, cold turkey sandwiches and turkey left overs for the remaining week, so thank goodness turkey is actually beneficial for our health (the same cannot be said for chocolate yule logs, excess alcohol or easter eggs).
1) Mineral Rich
Turkey contains: copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. These minerals help regulate and maintain blood pressure, thyroid hormone metabolism and immunity. Turkey is also an antioxidant.
2) High in Vitamins
A great source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, which all maintain your energy levels. Turkey also contains vitamin C for healthy cells and tissue. Omega-3 and 6 are also present; they lower cholesterol, blood pressure and prevent various diseases including certain cancers.
3) Source of Protein
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 8 amino acids that are essential for your body and turkey contains them all. Opt for the white meat, it is leaner (has fewer calories) than the dark meat and remove the skin to reduce the overall fat content. Protein keeps you fuller for longer so you are less likely to snack.
4) A Versatile Meat
Turkey can be cooked pretty much anyway you want; southern Americans like to deep fry theirs, though this is not the healthiest of options, nor the safest; this method results in 5 deaths, 60 injuries and the destruction of 900 homes every year.