5 Reasons You Should be Eating Turkey

by Caitlyn Andrews November 16, 2015

Reasons to Eat Turkey for your Health

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. That means that those of us here at Vet Poultry are counting down the days until the Turkey Dinner! In the spirit of the upcoming holidays that feature turkey at the dinner table, we thought we would share with you some of the benefits of eating turkey (aside from it being delicious!).

1. Turkey Packs a Protein Punch

Turkey is an excellent source of protein. According to research, a serving of skinless turkey breast can pack as much as 30 grams of protein.

2. Low in saturated fat and cholesterol

Did you know that the niacin in turkey may help increase your HDL cholesterol (the good kind), while also helping to lower your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)? Skinless turkey is also low in saturated fat. Regular turkey consumption can help lower your cholesterol levels.

3. Source of selenium

Turkey provides selenium, important for thyroid hormone metabolism. It also acts as an antioxidant and boosts immunity.

4. Contains the amino acid tryptophan

Tryptophan has long been associated with the naps that follow Thanksgiving dinner. While it's a good source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that the body can only get through diet, turkey being the cause of sleepiness is a myth.

5. Nutritional Power House!

Turkey meat is loaded with vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Turkey is a source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It's a good source of B vitamins, including B12 which helps prevent the buildup of homocysteine, an amino acid that could potentially decrease cognitive function.

FACT: No growth hormones are used in poultry production, including turkeys!

Enjoy the turkey this holiday season. We know we will!

Caitlyn Andrews
Caitlyn Andrews


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