Healthy Swaps-Turkey Day
You may have made the switch to turkey burgers – or tried to and they just didn't cut I – but beyond that, the only time your family talks turkey is in the deli line and around the table at Thanksgiving. But if you are diligent about your diet, and trying to mediate your already increased risk of heart disease by working hard to limit your intake of saturated fat, turkey can probably play a bigger role in your kitchen.
A 4-ounce turkey patty contains 2.8 grams of saturated fat, 22.4 grams of protein, and 193 calories. The same amount of 75-percent lean ground beef contains 6 grams of saturated fat, 29.6 grams of protein, and 310 calories. These numbers may be no surprise to you, but did you know what a healthy and delicious stand-in ground turkey can be? So, if you've all but given up burgers, chili, meatloaf, tacos and burritos, Bolognese sauce, and meatballs, it may be time to try the turkey version. With a good recipe or simply the right, quality seasonings (try Penzeys Spices), you won't miss the beef for a second.
Reviewed by Susan Weiner, R.D., M.S., C.D.E., C.D.N. 3/08
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