Why is turkey good if you’re watching your weight?
Turkey breast is naturally low in fat and calories. If you choose skinless turkey, you’ll automatically be cutting down on your calories, which can help you manage your weight.
Is turkey leg just as fatty as red meat?
The dark meat such as drumstick will have more moisture, flavour and fat than white turkey meat such as the breast. Roast turkey leg meat has, on average, 6.6% fat and grilled turkey breast has on average 1.7% fat. Compare that to 14.2% fat on average from roast leg of lamb or 12.5% fat from roast topside of beef.
Turkey is around at Christmas, but how practical is it to eat turkey at other times of the year?
You might be surprised to hear that turkey is available in supermarkets in a wide range of cuts and pack sizes all year! You can often find turkey steaks, turkey strips and chunks – check out our quick and easy meal ideas.
I never know how much turkey to eat for good health – even a healthy food should be limited, no?
Portion size is important. A handy guide is to aim for a serving size that is around the size of your palm. For children, they have smaller palms so they need less! Remember to use healthy cooking methods – bake, grill, or pan-fry in a little olive oil, for example. Turkey breast is naturally low in saturated fat - so cut down on creamy sauces and butter to keep an eye on your saturated fats.
I’ve heard turkey is good for you, why?
Turkey breast is a natural source of protein, vitamin B6, selenium and phosphorus. It’s low in fat, saturated fat (the harmful type which raises your blood cholesterol), and calories. So when you choose to eat turkey breast, you’re one step closer to choosing a healthy diet. Find out more about why these nutrients are so good for you here.