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Turkey is Good For You

Last night, when I felt so bad, I wasn’t hungry. I know, go figure, surrounded by delicious food and the only thing that sounded good was a little turkey and gravy. Mostly, turkey is too dry for me, but the lady who cooked the turkey really knew what she was doing, and it was delicious. (I bet she used SALT!) And, actually, after eating a little turkey, I felt better.

So today, I know why. My health tip today – one of several, actually – from Real Age is about how good turkey is for you. Wooo HOO on me, patching up my DNA!

Who knew?

Feeling frazzled? Have another helping of the main course — if the main course is turkey.

Thankfully, skinless turkey is chock-full of B vitamins that help boost your energy and cinch stress — something many of us could probably use today. And every day.

Tallying the Talents
Think of the B vitamins in turkey — niacin, B6, and B12 — as your psyche’s little bodyguards. These nutrients also help patch up DNA and keep your cells in good repair. And best of all, with turkey, your B vitamins get served up in one of the leanest meat sources around. A 3-ounce portion of skinless turkey breast has just 0.2 grams of saturated fat. That’s nothing compared with the 4.5 grams found in the same amount of flank steak or the killer 5.5 grams found in 3 ounces of fresh ham.

November 27, 2009 - Posted by | Community, Cooking, Doha, ExPat Life, Food, Thanksgiving


  1. I found the secret to moist turkey! Use a fresh one with the least amount of processing, cook it at 325 degrees with the breast covered with foil except the last hour. Roast it in an open pan with 2 cups of good turkey stock and baste every 45 min. As the stock in the bottom evaporates, keep adding stock so it stays pretty constant on the bottom. It was brushed with a little butter at the beginning and salted and peppered and that was it. Very lean with very little fat and the white meat was really juicy and tender.

    Glad you are feeling better–nothing worse than feeling bad on a holiday!

    Comment by momcat | November 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Momcat. Actually, I have to laugh, @ “a fresh one with the least amount of processing” because here, we hope to have any turkey, we buy it when we see it, and it’s almost always a highly processed butterball, Having said that, our turkey turned out pretty good. I look forward to the day when I can try it your way. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 28, 2009 | Reply

  3. Low temperature cooking for a few hours with a lot of basting is the solution to a nice moist bird. 😉 I dont cook turkey but this principle is what I use for roasted chicken

    Comment by Mathai | November 28, 2009 | Reply

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