Turkey – SuperFood – Overview
Only recently has turkey received its just recognition. Passed over as the official national bird (despite Ben Franklin’s enthusiastic support) in favor of the eagle, it’s too often relegated to a once-a-year meal during Thanksgiving.
Highly nutritious, low in fat, inexpensive, versatile, and always available, turkey is a SuperFood that has finally come into its own. When you discover all of its terrific nutritious benefits, it will surely become part of your regular meal planning.
Skinless turkey breast is probably the leanest meat protein. The protein in turkey alone could make it a SuperFood but this lean meat has more to offer – it’s also full of nutrients, particularly niacin, selenium, vitamins B6 and B12, and zinc. These nutrients are heart-healthy and also valuable in helping to lower the risk for cancer.
Turkey is also high in tryptophan, the amino acid that makes you sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal. The body uses tryptophan to make serotonin. Serotonin is essential for healthy sleep, and it’s a powerful mood booster and stabilizer.
This lean SuperFood can easily replace higher fat meats. It’s just as delicious as red meat when used in pasta sauces, in burgers, and in meatloaf.