Beyond “The Itis”: 3 Real Benefits Of Turkey
Thanksgiving is often referred to as the biggest eating holiday of the year. Translation: a lot of unwanted pounds. With sides like creamy mac and cheese and loaded mashed potatoes, the turkey itself is often overshadowed, even though it’s the healthiest part of Thanksgiving dinner. Here are three good reasons to sneak in a few extra slices of turkey onto your plate this year!
1. Great source of protein
Just four ounces of turkey provides you with 32 grams of protein – that’s 65 percent of the recommended daily intake! Turkey is also high in niacin, which gives your body a boost of energy while lowering your LDL a.k.a. “bad” cholesterol levels.
2. Helps prevent cancer
Turkey is extremely rich in selenium, which has been proven to decrease the risk of certain cancers due its ability to prevent the growth of free radicals, which are known to cause cancer, in the body.
3. Low in saturated fats
Believe it or not, saturated fats can actually be good for you. They’re essential for reducing your risk for heart disease and improving bone health, but like with anything in life, too much can be a bad thing. With four ounces of turkey containing only 12 percent of the recommended daily intake of saturated fats, you don’t have to worry about consuming too much.