Don’t Be A Bird, Eat Your Turkey!

For many people, the thought of consuming turkey only occurs throughout the Holidays, for example, Christmas and Thanksgiving. This stereotype is unfortunate, however, considering just how beneficial eating turkey is for the human body.

Turkey can benefit the body in a variety of different ways if ingested. For example, turkey is inevitably a solid source of protein, but as an added bonus, it is low in fat. It is a great source of iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and niacin, and it can aid in lowering cholesterol levels because it is low-GI and can balance insulin levels. Turkey is a source of tryptophan, an amino acid that produces serotonin and contributes towards strengthening an individual’s immune system, and is further a source of selenium which plays a significant role in thyroid hormone metabolism. It’s also an antioxidant and can help to strengthen a person’s immune system.

If that isn’t enough reason for you to hit up your nearest grocer right now and purchase some turkey of your own, consider how versatile it is as a protein. It can be baked, roasted, barbequed, fried or pan-seared, and the different cuts of turkey meat allow for different possibilities in terms of how it can be cooked as well. Whether it’s turkey breast, legs, wings, it’s simply scrumptious.

If you’re curious as to how you can incorporateĀ more turkey into your diet, visit This website is a fantastic educational resource and offers any information you could need regarding turkey, for example, how it is raised in Ontario, information about local farmers, tasty recipes, and general facts about the bird. The website’s recipes, in particular, are incredibly unique (who wouldn’t want to try a ginger turkey stirfry), and I would be surprised if you’re unable to find something of interest to you.

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