Will it be White or Dark Meat

22 Nov

whitemeat.jpgWhenever eating frenzy comes around and turkey or chicken is involved we focus on white and dark meats and the myths surrounding these.  With the health hype going around these days, darker meat is to be shunned in favour of white meat.  Why the discrimination? One is supposed to have fewer calories and a little more fat than the other.  According to new information, the bottom line is difference between white and dark poultry meat is very small but each has its unique benefits.

 Here are some hard facts. Meat is darker if it contains higher levels of myoglobin, a compound that enables muscles to transport oxygen, which is needed to fuel activity. Since turkeys and chickens are flightless and walk a lot, their leg meat is dark while their wing and breast meat are white.  With regard to caloric weight, according to the Department of Agriculture, an ounce of boneless, skinless turkey breast contains about 46 calories and 1 gram of fat, compared with roughly 50 calories and 2 grams of fat for an ounce of boneless, skinless thigh.

But dark meat has its benefits. Compared with white meat, it contains more iron, zinc, thiamine and vitamins B6 and B12. Both have less fat than most cuts of red meat, so you can’t go wrong either way.  Bon A   Petit!


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