Health Benefits


Turkey is high in zinc, B vitamins, phosphorus, tryptophan, selenium and protein. It is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, provided that you do not eat the skin. It can be a part of a healthy eating plan, especially since it is a good source of protein.

Eating foods like turkey that are high in protein help to increase the feeling of satiety, meaning that they make a person feel fuller for longer. The breast of the turkey has less fat and calories than most other cuts of meat.

Skinless turkey breast is one of the leanest meats available with one of the highest amounts of protein. A 110 gram serving of boneless, skinless turkey breast contains 26 grams of protein, about one gram of fat and zero grams of saturated fat.  The lean protein content alone should qualify turkey as a superfood, but turkey has so much more to offer. Turkey is rich in all of the B vitamins, especially B6 and B12 which help our bodies convert food into energy. Turkey also provides an abundance of minerals such as immune boosting zinc, selenium and iron.

Turkey’s low fat, high protein and broad micronutrient contribution are all reasons why including it in your diet may be beneficial for heart health. One large observational study of females reported higher intakes of poultry and fish were associated with a lower risk of coronary artery disease.