For most people, the thought of turkey evokes images of family, friends, celebration and giving thanks since it has long been associated with holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet, recently turkey has added something more to its repetoire than being a holiday food. It is now thought of as a delicious and nutritious meat that can be enjoyed on any day of the year. The rise in popularity of this lean meat has also been spurred by the increased availability of individual turkey pieces such as breasts, tenderloins, cutlets and ground turkey. These alternatives to cooking a whole turkey have made it more convenient for people to easily incorporate turkey into their diets.
- Turkey is a good source of protein.Just one serving of turkey provides 65 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein.
- Turkey contains trace minerals that can help prevent cancer.
- Turkey contains selenium which plays an essential role in helping to eliminate cancer-friendly free radicals in the body.
- Turkey is a good source of vitamins B3 and B6. Vitamin B3 helps lower blood cholesterol, it is essential for healthy skin, and helps improve brain function. Vitamin B6 helps in maintaining the tone of muscles, it aids in the production of anti-bodies and red blood cells and it is essential for normal growth. A serving of turkey meat has 36 percent of the daily allowance of B3 and 27 percent of your recommended intake of B6.
- Turkey is naturally low in fat without the skin, it only contain 1 gram of fat per ounce of flesh.