Super Facts About Turkey

This superfood means super sales!

fact 1

It’s deliciously adaptable.
Roasted, barbecued, baked or stir-fried turkey is the perfect replacement for the proteins in all your favourite recipes. This highly-nutritious superfood is inexpensive, readily available and easy to prepare. And it tastes super too!

fact 4

It’s full of essential minerals.
Most cuts of turkey deliver essential nutrients, such as phosphorous, potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. These minerals help your body to do everything from regulating heart function and blood pressure, to making new cells and boosting immunity.

fact 2

It’s a lean, mean, meal-making machine.
Protein helps build muscle. It can also help you feel more full at meals and ward off hunger, which may help with weight control.

fact 5

It’s high in vitamins, too.
Turkey is an excellent source of vitamin B12, a water-soluble vitamin needed for normal nerve cell activity in your body. Many cuts of turkey are also a source of vitamin D, an important nutrient in the health of your bones, teeth and immune system.

fact 3

It’s considered a complete protein.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.Your body can make some of the 22 amino acids it needs for normal functioning. There are eight amino acids that need to be obtained through food because your body cannot make them. Turkey delivers all eight of these essential amino acids in one delectable source.

fact 6

It’s naturally low in sodium.
Sodium is needed to regulate body functions, but having too much in your diet can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. All fresh cuts of turkey are low in sodium, making it a natural choice for helping to keep your daily sodium intake at a healthy level.

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Today’s turkey is one healthy bird

Compare its nutritional content to other meat products and see why health-conscious diners are choosing turkey.

nutrition Information

turkey breast nutrition drumstick nutrition

Turkey Breast
(Boneless, Skinless, Roasted) 100g

Turkey Drumstick
(Skinless, Roasted) 100g

Calories 159 189
Protein 32 g (excellent source) 31 g (excellent source)
Carbohydrates 0 g 0 g
Fat 2.6 g (low fat,extra lean) 6.4 g (extra lean)
Cholesterol 76 mg 143 mg
Sodium 47 mg (low sodium) 90 mg (low sodium)
Potassium 354 mg (good source) 268 mg (source)
Iron 0.3 mg 1.1 mg (source)
Phosphorous 244 mg (good source) 201 mg (good source)
Magnesium 21 mg (source) 15 mg (source)
Zinc 1.1 mg (source) 3.6 mg (excellent source)
Selenium 8.2 mcg (good source) 14 mcg (excellent source)
Vitamin B6 0.3 mg (source) 0.2 mg (source)
Vitamin B12 0.9 mcg (excellent source) 2.2 mcg (excellent source)
Niacin 19 NE (excellent source) 11.6 NE (good source)
Source: Health Canada, 2010. Canadian Nutrient File. www.healthcanada.gc.ca/cnf

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