Find out how to shop for this lean protein the right way.
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.
Turkey burgers are a very popular option at burger chains, especially for fast food eaters who still want to cut back on their calories and fat. But Schatzker took a closer look at how turkey burgers compare to regular beef patties and the results were surprising. Turkey burgers actually have less protein than their counterparts, coming in at 19 grams compared to 21 grams found in beef. However, when looking at the nutritional information at a popular chain restaurant, it turns out that turkey burgers can have upwards of 800 calories while beef burgers typically have 500-600 calories. To keep your turkey burger as healthy as possible, make it at home so you can see what goes into it. Instead of buying the 99-percent fat-free version, opt for ground turkey that has a mix of white and dark meat to give you more flavor.
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