This is what experts say about the nutritional value of the bird, which Americans traditionally eat on Thanksgiving.
Stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce may be the favorites of eaters, but the central element of Thanksgiving dinner remains the turkey. This bird contains a number of important nutrients that can improve overall health, so it is suitable for those who care about what they eat. “I believe that turkey is one of the healthiest dishes for Thanksgiving. Unlike semi-finished products and casseroles, it’s a whole meal and you know what you eat when you cut the turkey,” says registered dietician Kath Younger.
Turkey is a nonfat source of protein, and it’s also a very versatile product that has great taste. “The turkey also contains key nutrients such as iron, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamins B6 and B12,” said Regan Jones, a nutritionist.
Many nutritionists recommended light meat breast turkey without skin as the healthiest choice, as it has less saturated fat than the femoral parts. “Given that the skin is the main source of fat in a turkey, removing it after cooking will allow you to have a dinner with less fat,” says nutrition expert Maya Feller.