On Thanksgiving, a beautifully roasted turkey is the centerpiece of the meal. Turkey is Thanksgiving! However, the question remains: is turkey really healthier than beef?
Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. When cooked with its skin, the amount of saturated fat (bad fat) in poultry, is actually comparable to red meat. While removing the skin lowers the fat content drastically, there are many products that may contain skin in the processing. These products include: sausage, bacon, deli slices, and even ground turkey. Skin and other saturated fats are often added into these products during their production.
If you are looking to watch your saturated fat intake and cholesterol level, look for lean products of any type of meat. Make sure you are inspecting food labels carefully. Always look for meat that is 90% lean or higher. Keep in mind, food should be no more than 10gm of total fat and 4.5gm of saturated fat per serving. But as we’ve said before, holidays are the best time to enjoy your favorites, in moderation.
Gobble, gobble! Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!