Turkeys are not only the center of attention on Thanksgiving, they're part of tradition.
They're big and fascinating creatures meant to roam freely. Conventional turkeys are usually raised in confined spaces and injected with antibiotics to fight off diseases (1).
The problem with antibiotics is that they produce side effects, which in turn gets passed through the meat you buy at the grocery store.
If you're looking to incorporate more protein into your diet without reverting to red meat, consider antibiotic-free turkey as an option. It's safer than conventional turkey meat and, of course, natural.
Gobble up the facts below to learn a little more about the benefits this bird has to offer all year-round.
1. High in Protein
The light meat from turkeys is packed with more protein than lean cuts of beef and pork (2). This can help you stay full longer than just eating red meat or carbs.
2. Less Calories
Overall, turkey meat is already lean. If you're watching your calories, pick the breast over the thigh and remove the skin. This will bring your calorie intake down even more.
3. Aids with Sleep
Ever been in a food coma after Thanksgiving dinner? Well, that's because turkey is high in tryptophan, an amino acid that helps regulate sleep. It can actually improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia (2).
4. Helps Lose Weight
5. Packed with B Vitamins
If you're looking to increase your B vitamins, turkey is a good source. The major ones are vitamin B3 (niacin) and B6 (pyridoxine). They have been known to energize the metabolism and help with hormone production (3).
6. Loaded with Selenium
Embrace the Benefits
True carnivores wouldn't limit themselves to just turkey. Grass-fed beef has it's benefits, too. It's about finding the right balance & preference for you.