By Heather Ashare - DietsInReview.com
As our fear of fat continues to grow, the dark meat turkey is often shunned during Thanksgiving dinner. However, as we avoid the calories, we all set up ourselves to miss out on some key nutrients. We did a side-by-side comparison of dark meat and white meat and found that really, the difference is negligible and if you like the juicier variety of this holiday bird, help yourself. Here is a look at the benefits of white and dark meat turkey and some surprising factoids that might have you once again calling dibs on the drumstick.
Note: Each value represens 3.5-ounce serving of turkey meat without skin (about the size of a deck of cards).
- Calories: White meat contains 161 calories. Dark meat contains 192 calories.
- Fat: White meat contains 4 grams. Dark meat contains 8 grams.
- Protein: White meat contains 30 grams. Dark meat contains 28 grams.
- Iron: White meat contains 1.57 mg. Dark meat contains 2.4 mg.