6 Healthy Burger Alternatives You've Got to Try

Find out how to make a healthier burger with these patty swaps.

6 Healthy Burger Alternatives You've Got to Try

When most of us think of burgers, a beef patty comes to find. But thanks to the high saturated fat content, beef is taking a major backseat in the burger world. These days, there are countless healthy alternatives that will still give you the burger you crave, without the unwelcomed guilt and calories. Here are six of our favorite picks. Bon appétit!

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Turkey Burger

Turkey burgers are extremely lean and pack tons of protein, making it a popular choice for those of us who want to avoid eating so much beef. Two things to watch out for when buying a turkey burger is the sodium and the bland taste. Look for a patty that has less salt in it and dress up your burger with a spicy barbecue sauce and creative toppings to give it a flavor boost.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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