Dr. Barbara Huggins

Talkin’ Turkey

December 20, 2007

Talkin' Turkey -  December 20, 2007During the holidays, Americans eat over 67 million turkeys - and with good reason. It's an inexpensive way to feed several people. But there's an even better reason to choose it over other meats. Dr. Mom spends time today talkin' turkey.

The traditional Christmas dinner consists of turkey and all the trimmings. Not only is it delicious, turkey is low in fat, high in protein, and is a good source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, and B vitamins. It has more protein than chicken or beef, and is relatively inexpensive. But the best part is that leftover turkey can be served in a variety of healthy recipes. Try using it in a sandwich, in stew, soup or chili, and casseroles.

For those watching caloric intake, turkey is an excellent choice. The white meat of the turkey has less fat and few calories than dark meat and skin. A 3 ½ ounce portion of turkey breast without the skin is 161 calories, 4 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein.

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Happy Holidays from Dr. Barbara Huggins and The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler.

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