The Healthy Turkey Buyer's Guide

Find out how to shop for this lean protein the right way.

The Healthy Turkey Buyer's Guide

These days, it seems as though you can't go to the grocery store or out to eat without seeing a turkey option on the menu. This lean protein has seen a major surge in popularity, with recent reports stating that turkey consumption has grown four times faster than even chicken. But if you are turning to this option as a means of staying healthy and accomplishing all your weight loss goals, it's important to know what to look for when you're shopping. As food journalist Mark Schatzker explains, turkey products are often low in fat, which is part of their charm. But to remove fat from a recipe, you also have to sacrifice flavor. So companies often add other ingredients to replace the tasty flavor that is lost. Read on to learn more about how different turkey products stack up when it comes to their health grades.

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Turkey Bacon and Sausage

If you are a bacon-lover looking for a healthier alternative, turkey bacon is often considered the best option. While it does have 15-25 calories less than regular bacon and it does have fewer fat grams, the protein count is a toss-up, with regular bacon sometimes having more of this muscle-building ingredient per serving. When it comes to sausage, you will actually save over half the calories and fat when you opt for turkey over pork. While it seems that turkey is the winner when it comes to breakfast meats, you should still analyze the label carefully. These products often have a lot of sodium and artificial ingredients to produce that smoky flavor you crave so beware.

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