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Microblog: Turkey vs. Chicken Meat – Nutrient Density

Microblog: Turkey vs. Chicken Meat – Nutrient Density

Turkey is pretty similar to the nutrition breakdown of chicken.⠀

🦃Turkey has most of the essential vitamins and minerals and while we think turkey is primarily consumed during the holidays, we often eat turkey as deli meat and other processed meats (e.g., ground turkey, turkey bacon).⠀

💥In fact, the US is the world’s largest producer of turkey meat. A whopping 250M turkeys are raised for consumption every year.⠀

🍗Dark turkey meat typically contains more vitamins, minerals and fat than white turkey meat.⠀

☝🏼Turkey should be cooked until its internal temperature reaches 165º Fahrenheit.⠀

⚖️Pasture-raised turkeys typically have higher Omega 3 content than factory-farmed turkeys.

🧬The amino acid, tryptophan in turkey can support healthy levels of serotonin in the body, which promotes alertness and good mood. Tryptophan is an indispensable amino acid, meaning it is essential for our bodies but we must obtain from external sources.⠀

🎉Fun fact: Many believe they feel sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal because of tryptophan in turkey. But in a comparison of a 100 g portion, chicken has more tryptophan than turkey and pork has more tryptophan than both. (it’s probably the carbs and a bit of the placebo effect).

💡Tryptophan is needed for serotonin: it’s a good thing.

🥩Most carnivores don’t enjoy turkey (out of preference) but I hope you try to have a bite or 2 of this nutrient-dense poultry.

🎈Partake in the holiday and enjoy your turkey on Thanksgiving, especially with the skin (fat) included. Eating carnivore on Thanksgiving, you may feel more alert. Most of all, turkey may just put you in a better mood.⠀

🦃I am grateful for this community! ♥️

Nutrition with Judy

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