By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Turkey is served at holidays mostly and bought in packages for deli meat. Turkey is actually a very healthy protein choice for people. Turkey is leaner then beef and has less fat. My family enjoys turkey burgers with a gluten free BBQ sauce or turkey meatballs with a gluten free sesame teriyaki sauce. We also enjoy ground turkey with cut up vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, Napa cabbage and onions) over brown rice or quinoa pasta. Turkey may even be considered to be healthier then chicken. Overall, turkey has a high amount of nutrients including calcium, more protein then other meats, low sodium and less fat that other meats plus turkey is lower in calories then chicken.
Chicken is a healthy choice too for white meat as it has lower saturated fat then red meat. Chicken is high in protein, tryptophan which is a feel good neurotransmitter, it can reduced homocysteine levels in the body which supports heart health, is good for the teeth and bones and contains some of the B vitamins to support metabolism, circulation and more. When I buy chicken I normally buy organic chicken. We eat organic chicken 2 – 3 times a week. We use organic chicken shredded for stir fry’s over organic brown rice and topped with Organicville’s delicious sauces. When we make gluten free pizza we normally use shredded chicken, spinach, onions to top it with DAIYA cheese for me and one of my sons.
The other protein most people enjoy is red meat. My family tends to eat grass fed beef maybe once a week. Grass fed beef contains a healthy balance of omega 3 and 6. Omega 3 is needed to reduce inflammation in the body including the inflammation that can lead to heart disease. Grass fed beef also has more fats that do not lead to high cholesterol levels like grain fed beef can. Lastly grass fed beef contains more antioxidants and nutrients to support good health over grain fed beef.
But which meats are best for your body? Everyone is different. The best way to know is to consider a food allergy blood test to get answers to what your daily diet should be. Chicken may be best for one person and turkey for another.
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Medical disclaimer: A food allergy blood test and all other testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
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