November 24, 2011Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. It's a day of thanks and sharing the of bounty around us with family and community ... that bounty is expressed through an expansive Thanksgiving dinner, centered around a roasted turkey. Much attention is paid to the fat, sweets and extra calories that come with Thanksgiving dinner, but a closer look at the star of the meal is may help you enjoy your meal without guilt. Turkey meat is packed with rich, healthy nutrients and can protect against certain types of cancer and diseases. Low in fat, high in protein, it is a good source of iron, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins. It is also filled with zinc and selenium, which supports cell and tissue repair and growth. Selenium is necessary for thyroid and immune system health and helps eliminate free radicals in the body that are linked to cancer. One of the most-asked questions on thanks giving is 'white or dark meat?' Stick to white meat if your watching your weight! While white meat is considered healthier and is leaner than dark meat because of its lower fat content, the dark meat is rich in iron. In fact there are several reasons to thank your turkey for the nutritional gifts it offers!
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