What are the Health Benefits of Turkey?

What are the Health Benefits of Turkey?

You and your fridge are probably full of turkey thanks to the holidays, and in no way is that a bad thing.

We know it tastes great and makes for smashing leftovers, but turkey’s pretty good for your health, too. Here are some of the health benefits of the prized holiday bird:

Full of Vitamin B and Minerals

A standard three-ounce portion of turkey breast sans skin offers 120 calories, 25 grams of protein, just 2 grams of fat, and zero carbs. It’s also full of vitamin B and minerals, including selenium, which is a strong antioxidant. Dark meat provides even more vitamins and minerals (and is juicier, to boot), but comes with more calories and fast.

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Organic is free of antibiotics

With 80% of antibiotics in the U.S. being used for animal agriculture, finding meats free of them is difficult. Not only is it contributing to antibiotic resistance, which is becoming a real problem in North America, it can contaminate foods after slaughter, and spread to other farms. A recent study found even fresh produce items sourced from grocery stores were tainted with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Turkey leftovers fuel healthy meals

Chopped up leftover turkey breast is flexible and much-welcome addition to garden salads, stir-fries, soul, and well anything, really. We love mayo-free turkey salads filled with other diced veggies like red peppers, celery, red onion, and spinach. Toss it with pesto, mashed avocados, or seasoned tahini, and you’ve got healthy, balanced meals for days.

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