white meat is healthier(chicken and turkey)

@pinay81 (1538)
Philippines
November 24, 2007 12:03pm CST
its an old age question that always comes into play when turkey or chicken is the main dish at dinner: dark meat or white? health authorities have long advocated choosing white meat, saying it contains less fat and fewer calories. but the nutritional differences between the two are not so great. in general, what makes one cut of turkey- or any other type of muscle it contains. meat is darker if it contains higher levels of myoglabin, a compound that enables muscles to transport oxygen, which is needed to fuel activity. since turkey & chickens are flightless & walk a lot, their leg meat is dark while their wing & b r e a s t contains about 46 calories and 1 gram of fat, compared with roughly 50 calories and 2 grams of fat for an ounce of boneles, skinless thigh. but dark meat has its benefit. compared w/ while meat, it contains more iron, zinc,riboflavin, thiamine, & vitamins b6 & b12. both have less fat than most cuts of red meat, so you can't go wrong either way. the bottom line is white meat contains less fat and fewer calories than dark meat, but the differences are small.
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5 responses
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
24 Nov 07
I still have both of them but most of the time it would be chicken. I only take the beef like once or twice in a week. Thanks for the information and if based on that, it really does not make that big difference between white and red.
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
24 Nov 07
hi shakeroo thanks yeah its both good unless we eat too much so we should know the limitation everything which is too much is not good:-)
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
24 Nov 07
Wow, sounds like you really know your stuff. Maybe you are a dietician. The question I have is why is it that we often hear of people getting food poisoning from these healthier animals moreso than we hear of food poisoning from pig or cow meat. Is it all in the processing?
@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
24 Nov 07
hi kykidd, sorry i was late to answer my pc always has a problem denied error im not dietician hehe about the food poisoning i experienced that already when i eat liver chicken w/ mayonaise from restaurant i bought it morning and keep it in the fridge and eat it in the night i think its because of the bacteria that comes from the food or the food we eat is not cook properly so better to cook it in high temperature eating food we buy from outside is not 100% safe unless we really trusts that restaurant:-)
@SaviourV (258)
• Malaysia
14 Aug 08
Saviour-V teleports in... Tough call, I like both meats. Although I get more chicken in my diet than turkey. It's kind of a premium meat down here. Or at least, according to my Mum. On a side note, have you considered the nutritional content of free-range meat? I mean, from experience, the meat of a chicken exposed to a lot of activity, fighting inclusive, happens to be tougher to cook and even tougher to chew through. The chicken we get from supermarkets is a whole lot easier to digest, but it's probably chemical-laden, that's for sure. Saviour-V teleports out...
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
26 Nov 07
well... you learn something new everyday. maybe it's only new to me (and not for everyone else at myLot)... but still... i did learn something new + good today. i never really cared much about which part of the chicken i ate before - to me it was just white meat vs. red meat. but now,... i know better. thanks, pinay.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
24 Nov 07
To me it dosent' matter that the dark meat has a few more calories I just don't like white meat it has no taste to it! I love the dark meat on both chicken and turkey and will always go for the dark meat and leave the white meat just sit there.